The Design & Lifestyle Magazines You Should Be Reading
The way people consume content has dramatically changed over the past 10 or so years. We are now living in a time where we are constantly staring at our phone and computer screens making it hard for anything to pull us away. The advancement of technology has given us the opportunity to digest the majority of our news and entertainment online, wherever we are in the world and no matter the time. For inspiration, whether we are looking for the latest fashion trends or ideas for our next home DIY project, we look no further than Instagram or Pinterest. People have argued for a good while that print media is dead. The way modern society has developed, with our short attention spans, the constant need to have everything on demand and our unrelenting fixation with our mobile devices, is this true? Is print media really dead?
We don't think so.
Magazines! We love them here at Celona London. They provide a valuable and tangible resource of news, events, and most importantly, inspiration. The right magazine, if styled well, can also complement a space and provide a great little accent to finish off a room. Print media has been around for hundreds of years but over the last few decades, it has seen a steady decline mainly due to how technology has progressed, combined with the change in the way we consume information.
What you will find below is a curated list of some of our favourite design and lifestyle reads. Some you may have heard of, some you may not. What you won't find in this list is the more ubiquitous publications such as Ideal Home or ELLE Decoration UK. Whilst these are great magazines, we wanted to share the ones that often fly under the radar but still provide very insightful, inspirational and high quality content.
Cereal is a design and lifestyle magazine with a bi-annual schedule (Spring/Summer & Autumn/Winter). Headquartered in the UK and with quite a ‘cult like’ following, Cereal provides readers with a unique take on design, art and travel. You will find regular interviews from people in industry and really engaging stories. What makes this magazine stand out is that each destination explored, has been personally visited by the founders, Rosa and Rich, with all photography and interviews commissioned exclusively by them. As an extension, Cereal also publishes a carefully curated and thoughtful series of City Guides books for London, Paris, Los Angeles, New York and Copenhagen. These city guides are highly recommended too.
Monocle is a media company started by Canadian entrepreneur Tyler Brûlé. The media brand has many different arms including a global affairs and lifestyle magazine, a 24-hour radio station and a retail arm which includes Monocle cafes in London and Monocle shops dotted around globally. The magazine is a monthly publication which covers a variety of different topics from global news, travel, design, lifestyle and business. If you want to keep up to date with the news in style, find out about the best holiday destinations, read in-depth interviews with industry leaders in fashion and design and learn how to cook exquisite meals, this is the magazine for you.
The new kid on the block. UK based Simply Scandi launched at the beginning of the 2021 and releases their publication every quarter. As you can probably guess by the name, they have a core focus on everything Scandinavian home and lifestyle. Readers can expect unique content covering interior design, styling tips, recipes, places and shops. This 132 page magazine promises a lot and we are looking forward to following their journey.
A UK based interiors and lifestyle magazine which started life out as an online publication in 2011 and then went into print in 2016. 91 Magazine has a specific focus on creativity. Presenting stylish, yet affordable options for creating your perfect space, whether it's a home, shop or studio, 91 Magazine provides provoking and inspirational ideas for you to contemplate. Still in tune with its humble beginnings, Caroline Rowland, the founder still runs the business from her home with her small team who work remotely.
Considered magazine is a publication that is focused on mindful and sustainable lifestyle and travel. Released twice a year, Considered partners with a variety of photographers, artisans and freelance writers to create a magazine that caters to those who seek inspiration through thoughtful design and headful means.
There are many more magazines out there which provide really good content and are a great source of inspiration, but these five are our favourites. Go and check them out, you will not be disappointed.