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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Ding dong, the witch is dead!

Paige Rense, the editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest for nearly the past 40 years, will retire this August. Thank Jeebus! Her tyrannical reign of publishing really crap interiors of really rich people is OVER.

Champagne in red party cups for everyone!!!

Just to remind you, Dumplings, Rense is the woman responsible for bringing us such dreck as Gerard Butler's Ye Olde Apartmente.

Rense also reportedly bragged about twice having a hand in the demise of in-house shelter mag competitor House & Garden. When Condé Nast acquired Architectural Digest in 1993, it shuttered H&G. When House & Garden began publishing again three years later, Rense was widely quoted as saying: ''I killed it once. I'll kill it again."

Charming.

Don't let the screen door hit you in the ass.

[New York Magazine]

24 comments:

david john said...

yeah!

sarah, flourish design + style said...

She sounds like a peach.

my favorite and my best said...

who's taking the reigns??

Appletree said...

perhaps I'll renew now

Raina Cox said...

MFAMB - Jennycakes, I don't know. At least it won't be Stephen Drucker. His McMansion masturbation is best suited for the social-climbing Town & Country.

Squeak said...

Thank God! I figured I was the only one who thought AD was about how much money the homeowner (jet owner, yacht owner) had rather than how much taste they had. It's been months since I bought an AD. The recent issues have been awful.

It would be wonderful karma if Dominique Browning were the one to replace the troll.

nicolefalack@gmail.com said...

ITS ABOUT FUCKING TIME! That was the most unreadable piece of shit out there. I still cant believe that Domino died and this crap stayed open.

Raina Cox said...

Squeak - Oh, that would be DIVINE. I would have to request that Browning not start doing those sappy editor's letters again.

Also, hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Nicole - Seriously.

The Down East Dilettante said...

As your oldest living reader, spending a king's ransom (my future retirement, as it turns out) on shelter magazines for years, I can tell you unequivocally that once upon time, long, long ago, Architectural Digest actually published some pretty interesting and edgy stuff in amongst all the absolutely banal rich and famous shit. As I said that was a long, long time ago. I've found myself wondering many times, what does this capricious woman who stayed too long at the party have on SI Newhouse that he actually prints the crap?

It's not just that AD is sooooo bad, it's that it's so pretentiously, garishly, sycophantically wretched.

But none of the old ones are as good as they were....look what a horror House Beeyooteeful has become...Thank god for foreign mags.

The Down East Dilettante said...

I just read the comments, as I shoulda done before I commented---I like Dominique Browning, she had a varied editorial perspective, but the magazine, lamented by many, including me, nevertheless had gotten a little twee in its last years, including the entirely too warm and fuzzy editorials, and those busy spreads of 'how to get the look' always (except in world of interiors) give me hives. And much as I think you're awfully mean to Mr. Drucker, I'm still rolling on the floor about McMansion Masturbation----indeed he turned that poor rag into a snore.

But that's just my opinion

Raina Cox said...

TDED - I always adore your opinions. Probably because they so often reflect mine.

P.S. I am still trying to figure out how best to explain to my daughter that her college savings account was drained to pay for my overseas magazine subscriptions.

Pseudonymous High School Teacher said...

Can I just get Gerard Butler as an accessory for my house? I'd save up for that.

Raina Cox said...

PHST - Given his current string of box office bombs, he's probably available for less than you'd think.

susieq said...

What great news! Made me remember that House & Garden was a magazine I really loved. Especially articles by Wendy Goodman.

DREAMER'S DEN said...

Have you dusted off your resume?!

erin@designcrisis said...

"sycophantically wretched"

DED, I think I love you.

Michelle said...

shippity shit dong! YES!!!!!

Acanthus and Acorn said...

Oh yes, who will ever forget the GB bad film set posing as a house/loft. My post on this design disaster garnered the most comments I've ever had!!!

CJ/Rick said...

From a smuck subsciber I say good. The issues are just short of comical.
BTW how could Gerard Butler afford such a spread?? Ohhhh it really was as cheap as it looked.

Raina Cox said...

CJ/Rick - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!

Cote de Texas said...

R: voice of dissent: I think drucker would be much better at ad than at town and country. I love what he did at hb and think his talents will be wasted at tc.

loving your new blog - did you do it yourself????? who did it if not?

Marija said...

CDT makes an interesting point. How about Drucker for AD and Ms. Browning over at T&C. A dose of beautiful writing could do the latter mag some good. As for ADs current state, I was sent AD when one of the other mags I subscribed to went under a few months ago (though I cant even remember which one anymore) and I still have 3 of the 4 issues I've received wrapped in plastic. Never a good sign.

My Domicile Style said...

OMG, that post was hilarious! As was the quote above about McMansion living, Hummer driving women. Welcome to my world (except here is it Escalades). Hopefully, AD will begin to become less stuffy in the future.

Raina Cox said...

My Domicile Style - Hello and welcome to this deliciousness!