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Architectural Digest (1-year)

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Who Reads Architectural Digest?
Architectural Digest is the world’s leading design publication, with a total audience of nearly five million. Its readers are successful, sophisticated and well-read; they recognize and appreciate good design--whether it’s found in a chair, a yacht or a house--and they expect to see spectacular photographs and informative features about extraordinary interiors and architecture along with well-written articles about home electronics, travel and automobile and jewelry design.

What You Can Expect in Each Issue:
Whether highlighting an art-filled Manhattan townhouse, a modern dwelling in Japan or a California vineyard residence, each issue of Architectural Digest presents an arresting mix of interior design and architecture from the world’s leading designers and architects. Regular columns include:

  • AD Architecture: Highlighting projects by the foremost architects working today.
  • AD Travels and AD Shopping: Noted designers take readers on a tour of their favorite shops and sources in cities around the globe.
  • AD Electronica: The magazine’s guide to new and interesting home electronics.
  • Estates for Sale
  • Great Design Under $100
  • Discoveries By Designers: Presenting singular designer sources.
Each year, Architectural Digest publishes several special issues: Before & After, Designers’ Own Homes, American Country Houses, Exotic Homes Around the World, and the Architecture Issue. Other special editions include Designer Secrets Revealed, Hollywood at Home and the Great Design Issue. The popular AD100 has become the definitive directory of the top 100 designers and architects working today.

Feature Articles: Every issue of Architectural Digest presents residential design around the globe. The stunning photographs give readers the opportunity to "walk through" a home, along with informative and entertaining feature interviews with designers, architects and homeowners. In addition to regular design features, there are profiles of fascinating people, such as Ted Turner; Steven Spielberg; Anjelica Huston; Lance Armstrong; Diane Keaton; Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones; Sting; and John Travolta and Kelly Preston. Several times a year, Architectural Digest publishes several special sections, including Hotels Around the World; AD Style, a collection of some of the most innovative design around today; and Motoring by Design, which highlights automotive innovations, concept cars and automobile collectors, like Nicola Bulgari of the legendary Italian jewelry firm.

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Contributors:
Architectural Digest contains the work of some of the finest writers and photographers working today. Contributing Writers include Paul Theroux, fiction, non-fiction and travel writer; Patricia Leigh Brown of theNew York Times; Gerald Clarke, biographer of Truman Capote and Judy Garland; Nancy Collins, author of Hard to Get: Fast Talk and Rude Questions Along the Interview Trail; architecture critic Joseph Giovannini; Judith Thurman, author of biographies of Colette and Isak Dinesen and featured writer for the New Yorker ; architecture writer Mildred F. Schmertz; writer and critic Amanda Vaill; and Pulitzer Prize-winner Susan Sheehan.

Among the Contributing Photographers are legendary photo journalist Harry Benson; Durston Saylor; Mary E. Nichols; Scott Frances; Derry Moore; Robert Reck; Peter Aaron; and Tony Soluri.

Magazine Layout
Architectural Digest takes readers inside some of the most extraordinary homes being created today with stunning photographs and well-written and informative articles.

Comparisons to Other Magazines
Architectural Digest is regarded as the only magazine that brings its readers exclusive international coverage of the best interior design, architecture, art and antiques--along with select stories on travel, jewelry design and luxury automobiles.

Advertising
Architectural Digest advertisers represent suppliers of the finest home design products available, from fabrics, furniture and carpets, kitchen and bath suppliers as well as luxury automobiles, fine jewelry and watches, electronics, art and antiques. The magazine’s readers see, source and buy products directly from its pages.

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The definitive design magazine, Architectural Digest takes you inside the world's most beautiful homes. With stunning photography and the best writers, it is the premier interior design magazine, featuring classic and contemporary styles. Your subscription includes the annual special issues: Before & After and Designers Own Homes.

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  • Format: Magazine
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Publisher: Conde Nast Publications
  • ASIN: B00005N7OM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #99 in Magazines (See Top 100 in Magazines)
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188 of 202 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Try 'Architecture' and 'Dwell' Instead May 23, 2004
Subscription Term Name:1 year
'Architectural Digest' has changed over the years to become fussier and more lifestyle oriented than substantial architecture and design commentary. I still have a subscription, but intend to allow it to lapse when it expires for three primary reasons:
1) The magazine is huge and cumbersome, largely due to the massive quantity of advertisements;
2) The magazine exclusively highlights gazillion dollar homes, that only are a factor for celebrities;
3) Stylistically, the magazine seems stuck in a rut of cluttered end tables and credenzas, overstuffed pillows, and no space on a wall unoccupied by a huge, gold, gilded framed picture from eighteenth century France.
I don't like clutter, and I don't like being ornate to make a house look rich. That's why I no longer think this is a magazine that I really need. For me I will read 'Architecture' for serious architectural commentary, and 'Dwell' for reasonable (and financially attainable) interior design commentary. Thanks, but no thanks.
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108 of 116 people found the following review helpful
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Architectural Digest is not an "architecture" magazine as many people believe it is. It began as an architecture magazine, but slowly became known for its coverage of building interiors that consumers wanted to see. This is true today, as the cover article is generally the about the interior of a famed actor, politician, designer, or artist's home. These articles are remniscent of a paper version of MTV's show "Cribs." While the articles about the interiors dominate, an accompanying photograph of the exterior tags along when appropriate. The articles discuss the ideas, sources, materials and inspiration behind the designs pictured. Each magazine generally has about one dozen such articles plus features.
The magazine caters to the needs of interior designers and those who can, or wish they could hire them. The magazine does not promote or favor either traditional or modern design.
AD (as it calls itself) is full of advertisements. Some people may find this irritating, but for a designer, decorator, or client searching for inspiration or sources this information is equally valuable as the articles and features. Ads are just as telling of where the industry is going and where it has been as any picture or text.
If you subscribe, do it because you know and want what AD is. It is expensive, thick, and very useful if you are interested with the cutting edge of interior design. Do not get it to learn more about architecture or for the quality or readability of its text. Pictures and advertisements are the game with AD.If you are still unsure, pick up one at the newsstand and check it out before you buy 12 issues - most issues are like the others and "special" issues are frequent but not really that different from the norm.
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74 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Bag September 12, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
I used to love Architectural Digest. I got to admire and be inspired by incredible homes, and I couldn't wait to get my issue every month.
However, lately, I have seen less Architecture than Interior Design, and more ads than ever. I've even let my subscription lapse. Every now and again, I'll pick it up on the magazine rack, but only if the issue is architecture heavy, or covers a particularly interesting project in depth.
Architectural Digest used to be the pinnacle in the field, but now it is just a mixed bag.
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars House Pornography March 4, 2005
Subscription Term Name:1 year
In summary, this magazine portrays houses that you can't possibly ever hope to own in an "airbrushed" presentation that can't possibly match real life; it is "house pornography". It is exciting to read and puts plenty of ideas into your head.

You have to determine whether repeated exposure to this type of media will enhance your life or make you miserable. Hey, if you have a spare million dollars and need someone to tell you what is fashionable or in good taste--this is for you!

People complain about the ads--I complain about the articles. People get in the way. I note that none of the owners of these showpiece homes have children--most are living alternative lifestyles. Actually, the house becomes the product of the relationship instead of children. It is a fascinating cultural phenomenon and this magazine is the leading journal of the movement.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Way Too Much Filler, but still "Required Reading" July 1, 2003
Subscription Term Name:1 year
AD has lost its edge over the years as it has become more focused on life style rather than interior design (witness the extensive sections dedicated to world hotels and properties for sale, or look at the breezy, non-substantive "Letters to the Editor" to get an idea that AD is not taken seriously by designers).
Still, AD usually presents one designer, or two, whose work is inspiring, and it's Special Editions ("before and after," or "designers' own homes") usually make up for some disappointing months.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Once about what you could have, but no longer... November 7, 2008
Subscription Term Name:1 year
Once upon a time, what you saw in AD was what you might one day be able to do yourself. It was about tasteful, even higher end, but it was obtainable. Now it's about the houses and interiors that even the more successful of us out there will never be able to attain. Please quit touring the houses of the celebrities, the rich and famous, and instead go back to the days of those who were once like the rest of us. In short, go back to when the stuff we saw in AD gave us ideas for our own dream houses. Now you are the tasteful "home" equivalent of People Magazine...
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