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04 June 2010

Paige turns a page

It's official - Paige Rense Noland is stepping down from the formidable heights of Architectural Digest. Although it's no surprise that I think it's time for a change, I'm also a great admirer of Mrs. Noland's exceptionally long success at keeping AD at the top. Click here for the scoop courtesy of The Observer.

For designers who want to work at the tippy top, AD is still the place to attract new clients and thrill current ones - even with Gerard Butler's naked feet appearing on its cover.

In the spirit of the much missed Decorno, what do you think? Who should be the next editor-in-chief?

Click here for an interview with Paige and founder of Page Six (and family friend), the late great James Brady.

Photo by Steve Paige

13 comments:

little augury said...

As Marisa at stylebeat said yesterday-Mitchell Owens, the only possible choice. What wonders he could perform! pgt

Emily Evans Eerdmans said...

Gaye, call me selfish - but I would greatly miss reading Mitch's beautiful prose....

little augury said...

but doesn't every editor get a say? at least one good page-not to mention the influence over others that could benefit from that gift-

Anonymous said...

A longtime coming...MANY have said so, though while walking on crushed eggshells.

Refreshing to open the windows again onto the legendary chronicle of Americas' finest, which of late, has been the same Merry-go-Round of characters.

Would someone PLEASE drive the leopard upholstered Hispano-Suiza for a pick up...and let the Prius or BMW bring in Mitchell.

He would guide this back into what it was originally about, HOMES of ALL styles of Creativity, by ALL architects and designers...not just the chosen few, which some are questionable at best.

The Down East Dilettante said...

That naked foot thing---it started in Met Home, then it spread to Elle Decor, where for about three years no man of the house got to wear shoes for his close-up (what was that about Margaret Russell?), including one in a pin strip suit, then finally, five years after everybody else did it, Paige Rense caught the wave. Very amusing.

I'm with you about AD editorially. I've been trawling through old AD's, and old HB's, in search of blogging inspiration, and in both cases, I was struck by how much finer and more varied the editorial content of both compared to now, though AD always had its embarrassingly shiver inducing focus on lavish over taste or style

But once, there was more of substance in AD. A long, very long time ago.

ArchitectDesign™ said...

LA, I think Mitchell Owens would be a fabulous choice as well, LA. So many of the other talented editors are 'taken' but I also wonder about Dominique Browning who was so fabulous at house & garden. She could definitely turn that magazine around but not sure she would be interested given all the promotion she's doing for her new book.

Anonymous said...

As I have been following up on this post today by this esteemed writer have wondered when the DB name would crop up. Hasn't she done that and been there? Unfortunately we know what she can do and time for a change isn't it? Though a fan of the defunct House and Garden, didn't it become her magazine?

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

I say bring Dominique Browning back. I still miss her version of House and Garden.

home before dark said...

I am with LA and Marisa at Stylebeat drumming up the name of Mitchell Owens. Or, perhaps, if his beautiful burnished prose is too much missed as you suggest, why I think the very talented EEE might set the world on its decorated, historical, and much sassy ear.

Anonymous said...

Perhaps Mitchell Owens is already there? Miss stopping in to see him... My vote is with little augury.

Mitchell Owens, Mitchell Owens, Mitchell Owens (clicking heels)

Emily Evans Eerdmans said...

Down East, your thoughtful dissertation on the rise and popularization of the nude foot is something I will never forget. THANK YOU for that. EEE

Emily Evans Eerdmans said...

Home, that is a conversation I couldn't even entertain for at least another two decades.... but I have high hopes that the Newhouses will choose someone with the depth and breadth and elegance exhibited by such worthy candidates as Mr. Owens...

Anonymous said...

Hamish would be fantastic - of course I am a little obsessed with him - but he would certainly bring some color (literally and figuratively) into the magazine. KDM