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:
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 http://www.clearmag.com