Being a designer by trade, tracking design in other areas outside of graphics is a natural occurrence. I love quality architecture, I get off on talks about industrial design and well done interior design gives me a little bit of a chub.
The problem with interior design magazines is most of them suck from an overal design standpoint. I’m no mag design wunkerkind, but I can spot schlock when I see it. The mags that do get my attention visually aren’t written for me. Dwell Magazine is fantastic, but comes off a bit too hipster and elitist for my taste. How many times to I have to read about two domestic partners with 3 hippy kids living in a post modern, minimalist dream house that I will never be able to afford?
Elle Decor has some pretty kick-ass pads, but everything in that magazine, right down to bedside tchotchkes, is about $4,000 outside my price range. Oh, and their logo is horribly outdated.
Atomic Ranch is cool, but a bit to extreme in one direction of Nuclear Era domiciles. The houses are cool and the furniture is some of my favorite, but I need a little more balance with contemporary stylings. They’ve been changing it up a bit lately, adding a bit more contemporary flair on occasion, but the whole mag overall seems a bit Howdy Doody to me.
The now defunct Domino Magazine was a pretty quirky mag, with some seriously short attention span, but had some really cool visuals and some neat interiors discussed. Unfortunately I had too many Y-chromosomes for that book, catering mostly to the female set. It had a whole page filled with color coded stickers so women could coordinate their bookmarks with their latest outfit. It was necessary for me to readjust my junk once in awhile just to maintain my masculinity while reading the magazine.
I’d pretty much given up on reading interior design magazines, let my subscriptions run out and was happy just pulling my design inspiration from Pinterest. Then comes along Anthology Magazine. Admittedly, still a bit on the female side of things from a content point of view, but not nearly as much as Domino. Once you get past the new products department though, the book changes quite a bit; Anthology becomes Dwell minus the Unhappy Hipsters.