Sometimes you browse a shelter magazine and wonder why they publish it and who’s buying. The rooms might be pretty, but express no more personality than a furniture showroom. There are no clever projects to inspire better ways to live and decorate. The content about design and the arts is thin to the point of anorexic.
One predictably good magazine is The World of Interiors, a British publication that we have at the Central Library. We keep the latest four issues for use in the library, but other back issues can be borrowed.
At a recent staff meeting, I brought the May 2011 issue to talk about how many blogs one good magazine could inspire. There are articles in this issue about Alexander Calder’s legacy, Louis Armstrong’s kitchen and Eileen Gray’s Paris apartment.
The cover story is “Bathtime for Bertie: Where the real ‘King’s Speech’ royal relaxed”. In 1938, the French created fabulous gilded bathrooms for the suite that welcomed GeorgeVI and his wife Elizabeth on a royal visit. These bathrooms are only open to public viewing once a year on Heritage Day.
And, of course, we have books about bathroom renos, books about the Royals as well as The King’s Speech on DVD (and Blu-ray).
Check out Bathrooms: the smart approach to design from Creative Homeowner for sumptuous baths and information on the latest materials, fixtures and technology. Heated floors, ventilation systems, efficient toilets and natural lighting are just some of the topics covered.
And expect me to revisit the stories from this magazine.
Next blog: Alexander Calder's messy studio