Breath, Calm and Indulgence. Three words underline Sphères’ vision. First, breath. We imagined the magazine as a medium of respiration of the spirit, away from the ambient din of the everyday. Then, calm, a path to a temporal escape, an escape from the controlled, timed, compressed. Finally, pleasure, the pleasure of discovering a small world of passionate enthusiasts, a world teeming with untold stories.
Sphères writes about those who find solace away from the hus- tle and bustle of the world through their passion. The only way to meet them and tell their story, is to slow down to their pace. The magazine therefore favours the long format, field journalism, portraiture, interviews and reporting. For each community, we invite a “guest” editor, someone as demanding as they are passionate, to join our team and help open the doors to their unique universe.
Our journey begins in the world of the pipe smoker. A little known microcosm, pipe smoking is perceived as somewhat old-fashioned, yet it flourishes today. One can even say it is proliferating: enthusiasts meet up in pipe clubs, on forums and specialised websites, tasting events and artisanal meet-ups... They all share a common attraction for aesthetics, the smell of tobacco and the extension of time.
The following pages tell the story of a small piece of their uni- verse. Welcome to their sphere.