Welcome to BUM Editions

BUM is a new physical publication focused on culture, design and architecture, produced in limited editions using technology from the 1980s.

Featuring a variety of articles, projects and artworks, BUM aims to give voice to new critics and designers.

Printed in soy-based inks using a risograph duplicator, each copy of BUM is unique, and individually numbered accordingly. 

Time In Common by Hikari Nishida and Signe Cygan

What is BUM?

What, where and why is BUM?

A Paper Publication

BUM Editions exist as single batch paper publications.
Designed and edited in Helsinki,
each BUM Edition individually numbered.

Risograph Printed

BUM Editions are printed in soy ink using a Risograph Duplicator. Each page is printed in two colours by Jemini Press in Stockholm, Sweden. The magazine is then cut and bound by our own fair hands in Helsinki.

For New Voices

BUM Editions feature illustrations, projects, and articles about culture, architecture and design. We are critical but hopeful, and aim to give voice to new critics and designers.

News

BUM Edition 2: Just is in stock at Magalleria!

We are so happy that BUM Edition 2 is now available from the wonderful Magalleria in Bath, UK and online here.

BUM Edition 1 took over three months to arrive in Britain due to Brexit and COVID, but BUM Edition 2 made it there in just 3 days!

BUM Edition 2: Just is now available at the Temporary Bookshelf in Kosminen Gallery!

Great to have BUM available alongside so many other great independent publications – find out more here.

BUM Edition 2: Just is available now!

We are happy to publish BUM Edition 2: Just – find out more here.

BUM Editions is awarded a grant by Taike!

We have been awarded a grant by Taike, the Arts Promotion centre Finland, to help us produce four editions of BUM in 2021. 

BUM Editions is awarded a grant by Grafia!

We have been awarded a grant by the Finnish Association of Visual Communication Designers, Grafia, to help us produce four editions of BUM in 2021. 

BUM Edition 1 is in stock at La Biblioteka!

BUM Edition 1: Common is now available in La Biblioteka, a wonderful independent bookshop in Sheffield, UK. Visit their website here.

BUM is now available at Magalleria!

BUM Edition 1: Common is available in Magalleria. Magalleria has one of the largest collection of independent and specialist titles acquired since 2015. Based in Bath, Magalleria serves their high quality magazines online over here.

BUM on sale in the Amos Rex Shop!

BUM Edition 1: Common is available in the Amos Rex Shop. Amos Rex is a fantastic contemporary art gallery in the heart of Helsinki, so we are really happy that they have become a stockist. Find out how to visit the shop here.

BUM is now available at Frabs Magazines!

Frabs is magazine store based in Italy with an aim to promote editorial projects with refined content and aesthetics, as a gesture of love and resistance. BUM Edition 1: Common is available now – visit here.

BUM Edition 1 is available online and in Helsinki at bookm-ark.fi!

Bookm-ark is an architecture and design bookshop based in Helsinki. BUM Edition 1: Common is available now – visit here.

BUM Edition 1: Common is featured in ‘Dense Discovery’ Issue 120!

BUM Edition 1 has been featured in issue 120 of the online newsletter ‘Dense Discovery’:

“BUM Edition is a new magazine from Helsinki, creatively exploring culture, architecture and design. What makes BUM unique is that it’s entirely printed using an old Risograph Duplicator. As such there are only 100 individually numbered copies per issue, with each page printed in two colours and bound by Jemini Press in Stockholm, Sweden.”

Read the full issue here.

BUM Edition 1: Common is reviewed by Stack Magazines!

We are happy to see that BUM Edition 1 has been reviewed by Stack:

“The minute attention devoted in this magazine to the technicalities of how we move through the physical world is immensely satisfying. The fact that the magazine itself unfolds like a game of consequences, with flaps and pull-outs and gorgeously illustrated footnotes, is key to its appeal.”

Read the full review here.

BUM Edition 2: Just is here! Available in a limited edition of 150 individually numbered, risograph-printed magazines.

BUM Edition 2 gathers a series of articles, projects and artworks from artists, architects and designers around the theme ‘Just’.

Contributions include:

  • Just Toilets by architect Marianna Janowicz
  • Finding Phenomena: Democratic Sports by Franny Françoise
  • Love Thy (Non-Human) Neighbour by designer Louize Harries
  • Just A Second by visual artist Dominique Ellis
  • Umpire Chairs by visual artist and architect Elisabeth Ek
  • That’s Not Just the Way It Is! by civil servant Ashleigh Watkins
  • Zoom Room by interior architect Markus Holste
  • All Inclusive by architectural designer Cristina Gaidos and architect Mark David Flynn
  • Don’t Go Don’t Go Don’t Go Stay Here / Don’t Ever End by painter Linden Carter
  • Panopti-fun by architect Lee Marable

Risograph printed in Stockholm Sweden by Anna and Johanna at Jemini Press.

Binding, layout design and editing by Roosa Melentjeff and Lee Marable

BUM Edition 2 is available both as a single edition and as part of our new subscription service! Visit our online shop to find out more.

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BUM Edition 1 is the new publication from BUM Editions! Available in a limited edition of 100 individually numbered magazines. 

BUM Edition 1 gathers a series of articles, projects and artworks from artists, architects and designers around the theme ‘Common’.

Common

The everyday, the communal, the non-elitist, the shared, the little valued…

Contributions include:

  • Evolving Workspace by interior architect Markus Holste
  • The City as A School by architect Andra Antone
  • Consider “The” Dictionary by design writer and curator Lara Chapman
  • Collective Wisdom by architect Lee Marable
  • Foreshore: Temporarily Open by designer Charlotte V Smith
  • Time in Common by visual artists Hikari Nishida and Signe Cygan
  • Hull of a Home by ceramicist Mimi McPartlan
  • Finding Phenomena: The Harju Morgue Case by Franny Françoise
  • Super Lover by designer Roosa Melentjeff
 

Risograph printed and bound in Stockholm Sweden by Anna and Johanna at Jemini Press.

BUM Edition 1 is available both as a single edition and as part of our new subscription service! Visit our online shop to find out more.

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BUM Edition 0 is the first publication from BUM Editions.

HOPE! 

We all need a little more of it. 

BUM Edition 0 gathers a series of articles, projects and artworks based on the notion that things will all be alright in the end.

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Selected Articles

BUM is a physical publication and cannot be read online, but here’s a couple of carefully selected tasters

Consider The Dictionary - Design writer Lara Chapman opens facts about dictionaries in BUM Edition 1: Common.
Finding Phenomena: Malmi Flea Market - Resident critic at BUM Editions Franny Françoise introduces Malmi trainstation in BUM Edition 0: Hope




What is Risograph Printing?

BUM is printed using an SF9350 Risograph duplicator. A Risograph is essentially a type of digital mimeograph, first released by the Riso Kagaku Corporation in 1986, 100 years after the first mimeographs.

Risograph duplicators were invented in Japan and use soy-based inks and rice-paper masters to print in single colours on uncoated papers. If a page has two colours, it must be printed twice, with the ink-drum changed inbetween. Unlike ink-jet or laser printing, the soy-based inks used in risograph printing are able to interact with each other, in much the same way as traditional inks would in screen-printing or lithography. These factors give risograph printing a joyous unpredictability and imbue the final prints with a unique sense of life.

Risographs were popular in the late 80’s and early 90’s due to their low-cost and high-speed over medium-sized print runs. If you grew up in the 90’s chances are your local church, school or student union was printing using a risograph.

Presently, risograph printing is having something of a renaissance, used both by artists, zine-makers and designers for its unique print qualities, and by businesses realising that high-speed and low-cost never goes out of fashion.

BUM is printed by the fantastic Jemini Press in Stockholm, Sweden.