After months of speculation over who would replace Paige Rense as editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest (Rense is retiring), it was announced today that Elle Decor’s Margaret Russell will take the helm. She begins her post September 7th and her first issue will hit stands in January 2011. I can’t tell you enough how excited I am about this appointment. AD has long been criticized for being dated and formulaic in its approach and many have agreed that the magazine is in dire need of an overhaul. I believe Russell will bring a fresh point of view to the AD and has the talent and vision to help revive the title. Despite it’s criticism though, AD is hardly struggling. The magazine has a healthy readership of 5MM plus and ad pages for its September 2010 issue are up 5.4% to last year. Nate Berkus also mentioned during the Right Now In Design event last week that for architects and designers, AD is one of the only magazines where a feature actually leads to new clients, which I thought was quite interesting. I’m excited to watch AD evolve and am actually anticipating the arrival of it’s January issue. Congrats Margaret on your new position! And now we can begin the speculation over who will take over Elle Decor!

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  1. Can’t wait to see who will take over Elle Decor!

    Have a fab weekend! Will

  2. I stopped reading AD long ago because it’s so stiff and never feels like real people live in the ‘sets’. I love Elle Decor, so will watch for the change at AD with anticipation.

  3. Thanks for the comments! Katherine – I agree with you that AD felt stiff. I’m actually really excited to see how Margaret revamps the magazine!

  4. Hi Nicole,
    Just reading through your posts…this one is fun for me, as if you check out my blog header, your first image will come to life in a different way!

    Also, loved your recap of the panel including Nate Berkus. I was at his first taping yesterday in nyc and he was everything you wrote about. An absolute delight, professional….yet approachable. I was thirlled to be there with some other bloggers…and did hear that Sept 21 is going to be a Design Bloggers show. Perhaps I’ll see you there!!!


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