Discovering Clear Magazine


About 10 years ago, I remember the anticipation of getting my Wallpaper magazine.  Back then, that was THE magazine – with its groundbreaking mixture of fashion, architecture, design and travel content, sensuous photography and cutting-edge graphic design and layout.  It was a good magazine until maybe 2002-ish when it started losing it edginess and novelty.  At some point it was bought by Time Inc. – ’nuff said.

Since then I haven’t found that next great do-it-all magazine.  Sure I liked Dwell for awhile (along with everyone else) as well as short romances with Metropolis, Surface and even W magazine.  I eventually figured out that the perfect catch-all magazine (for me at least) didn’t exist so I was forced to read several niche magazine to get my fill of content, including Vanity Fair, Interior Design, Conde Nast Traveler and 7×7 to name a few.

So today I stumbled upon Clear magazine, the online version, and I have to say that I like what I see and read so far.  The primary sections are: fashion, design, art, architecture, luxury, events and collaborations.  What’s not to like?  Perusing these sections I found new and compelling articles about things like:


the grand opening of the W Hotel in Doha, Qatar

the launch of the Code-X yachts (ultra-moderm designs like Wally's)

the launch of the Code-X catamaran yachts (ultra-moderm designs like Wally's)


the opening of the Karim Rashod-designed Switch Restaurant in Dubai Mall

a conceptual home by Formodesign to be built in open water (love the extreme cantilvering)

a conceptual home by Formodesign to be built in open water off Zante Island in Greece (love the extreme cantilevering)

a preview of the Spring 2010 Proenza Schouler shoe collection

a preview of the Spring 2010 Proenza Schouler shoe collection

So while it’s definitely a bit soon to call this my new favorite mag, I love what I see so far.  I might just subscribe since they only publish four times a year.  If nothing else, it might be worth it just to see and collect the covers.  Recent cover collaborators? Ross Lovegrove, Philippe Starck, Takashi Murakami, Jean Nouvel, Marcel Wanders.  ‘Nuff said. Period.

Check it out at

About Cantilever Design

Designs for Modern Luxury is a blog by Karman Ng, principal of Cantilever Design, an award-winning interior design firm located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Always reading, researching and reveling in “the best of design” for himself and his clients, Karman began his blog as a way to share his thoughts and finds-from furniture to fashion to food. Karman hopes his blog fosters dialogue and sharing of design-related products, news, tips, ideas and secrets so that everyone can enjoy a little bit more modern luxury in their lives. For more information about Cantilever Design, visit http:/// or follow Karman at
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