Architectural Digest Gets a New Look

Marie-Anne Oudejans Jaipur apartment, photo Francois Halard in AD

It’s not often that I write about recently published magazines or share new stories (unless I am lucky enough to be offered a sneak peek), but the fresh new redesign of Architectural Digest appearing in the April issue is worthy to note.

Architectural Digest AprilThe past several months have seen a fresh breeze sweep through the pages, with the introduction of stylish new fonts and airy layouts. But this month Architectural Digest takes on a new face with the  launch of AD as the official moniker.

martyn-lawrence-bullard-palm-springs, photo Douglas Friedman for AD photo: Douglas Friedman

The cover, like many of the stories in this issue traditionally filled with designers’ own homes, is fresh and unapologetically idiosyncratic. Within the issue you will find features that represent elements of modern and retro, of old and new and traditional and exotic. And what I like in particular is that it isn’t aiming to be merely aspirational but rather a celebration of personality and creativity – whether the whimsical eccentricity of cover star Ashley Hick’s London apartment, the sparkling full on glam of Martyn Lawrence Bullard‘s Palm Springs pad, above, or the English charm infused in Karen Elson‘s Nashville home, below.

Karen Nelson Nashville home photo Leslee Mitchell for AD


And when we travel around the world, we’re not visiting monolithic mansions (no guarantee they won’t appear in future issues) but rather enchanting escapes like designer Tino Zervudachi’s idyllic Aegean retreat, the beguiling bedroom below,

Tino Zervudachi bedroom, photo Simon Upton for ADphoto Simon Upton

or the breathtaking charm of Marie-Anne Oudejans’ apartment in Jaipur’s Narain Niwas Palace Hotel.

Marie-Anne Oudejans Jaipur apartment, photo Francois Halard in AD

If you’ve admired her work in the hotel’s Bar Palladio, you’ll be tempted, after seeing her place, to hop on the next plane to India and hire the Dutch designer to fashion an Indian home of your own.

Marie-Anne Oudejans Jaipur hote apartment, photo Francois Halard in ADSo kudos to editor-in-chief Amy Astley and staff, as well as a talented art director behind the scenes for a marvelous update. If this has whet your appetite, you’ll find much more in the April issue to enjoy.

16 thoughts on “Architectural Digest Gets a New Look

  1. Back in the day it was much more about architecture than interior design (those were days when I worked for architects and engineers so I read it. I prefer it now!)

  2. Let’s hope the bleached out, greige interiors and big boxification of recent years are a thing of the past. There is a growing movement to return to colour and traditional style. With things the way they are in the world, cocooning will return, and with it, maximalism. It will be a welcome return.

  3. Great issue and features in this issue. Honored to see our ‘Swim’ chaises, chairs and ottomans from Brown Jordan and Richard Frinier to the left and right of the Palm Springs’ home pool. Delightful stories. Thank you for sharing, Q!

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