Architectural Digest. Architectural Digest is an American monthly magazine founded in 1920. Its principal subject is interior design, not architecture more generally, as the name of the magazine suggests. The magazine is published by Condé Nast, which also publishes eight international editions of Architectural Digest.
1847 Camino Palmero – An Estate Built to Stand for Centuries featured in a 1925 issue of Architectural Digest
1920 The Architectural Digest is founded as a Southern California annual. 1975 Paige Rense named editor-in-chief and sets out to remake the magazine in the tradition of European art books with a focus on decorating, decorators and their clients. Circulation: 50,000.
1976 Inception of Architectural Digest Visits, featuring stories on celebrities and their homes. The first of such articles includes Gore Vidal in Italy, Truman Capote in Bridgehampton, Julia Child in Cambridge, Joan Crawford in New York, Ingrid Bergman in France and Robert Redford in New York. Circulation: 200,000.
Dec. 1981 An 18-page cover story on President and Mrs. Ronald Reagan at the White House is published.
AD Italy, Architectural Digest’s first international issue, is published. Other foreign editions follow, including AD France, AD Germany, AD Russia, AD Japan and AD Mexico. 1990 The AD 100, Architectural Digest’s international directory of top designers and architects, is published for the first time.
1991 The AD 100: Architects, Architectural Digest’s international directory of top architects, is published for the first time. Circulation: 653,000.
1993 Architectural Digest, along with Bon Appetit (of which Paige Rense was founding editor) bought by Condé Nast from Knapp Publishing.
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