HAVE YOU HEARD? Metropolitan Home, one of the few American interior design magazines left standing, is ceasing to publish as of its December issue. Hachette Filippachi, the publisher, has decided to put all its shelter magazine eggs in the Elle Decor basket.
This has particularly sad resonance for me, as I’ve been writing for that magazine since its very first issue in April 1981, and have been a contributing editor since the early ’90s. I loved working with its editors, who are uncommonly nice people across the board. And of course my personal income has just taken a shot.
It’s a shocker and a disappointment. While not everything in every issue appealed to me, I know how dedicated the Met Home editors were to finding the most stylish projects around and pulling each issue together into a cohesive, top-quality package.
I heard the news yesterday afternoon, ironically, while standing on the corner of Columbus Avenue and 86th Street with Carl D’Aquino, the interior designer. He and I had just come out of a jewel box of a 550-square-foot penthouse apartment he designed, which I was going to write about for the March issue, now not to be. Carl’s phone rang; it was his PR rep bearing the bad news.
It’s a damn shame, is it not?