Paige Rense

Respected as the international authority on architecture and design, Architectural Digest magazine has given readers exclusive looks into the most spectacular properties and private homes of celebrities and cultural figures, while highlighting the work of the world’s top architects, designers, and interior decorators for almost one hundred years.

ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST: Autobiography of a Magazine: 1920 – 2010 celebrates not only the evolution of the revered magazine from a regional publication to an international newsstand and subscription powerhouse, but the innovative and curatorial eye of Paige Rense, who set the gold standard for coverage in the design sphere.

Told through Rense’s inimitable voice, this volume exclusively and intimately documents the renowned magazine’s history and cultural significance. Each chapter is lavishly illustrated with archival covers, page spreads from past issues, and is chock full of anecdotes from Rense’s memories of putting them together, plus the genesis and impact of the coveted AD 100 list, a career-milestone to this day!

Also featured, of course, is the work of the world’s top architects and interior designers such as Mario Buatta, Philip Johnson, Tony Duquette, Oliver Messel, and Sally Sirkin Lewis, as well as the homes of celebrities like Truman Capote, Fred Astaire, Yves Saint-Laurent, Sonny & Cher, Diana Vreeland, Elton John, John Travolta and Kelly Preston, Diane Keaton, David Bowie, and
Ralph Lauren.

Paige Rense became editor-in-chief of Architectural Digest magazine in 1975, turning a provincial black-and-white Los Angeles publication with a circulation of 50,000 into an international superstar magazine with a monthly readership of 5.4 million.

She is also a published author and the founder of the Arthur Rense Prize poetry award. She has been the recipient of The Museum of Arts & Design Achievement Award (2006), The American Academy of Achievement Award (2000), The Pratt Institute Founder Awards (1997), The Interior Design Hall of Fame Award (1985).