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Magazine Dilemma

I know many of you, like me, have an overwhelming number of design magazines piled up into smoke stack bundles around the house and they haven’t been touched since the day you quickly thumbed through them.

There are countless ways to rid your life of this paper clutter –  donate to doctor’s offices and schools, make fire bricks with paper pulp, recycle as wrapping paper and the list goes on. However, my point is not necessarily the accumulation of these magazines as much as it is the impact behind their routine arrival. Each month we are bombarded with new issues at the local newsstand while it seems we hardly had a chance to digest last month’s copy.

The burning question is how long does an idea or inspiration perpetuated from the visual presentation of a room really stay with us when a new trend is to be considered in a few short weeks? Do we ever really implement an idea as fast as these monthly magazines spit them out, and is it even humanly possible if we were to try?

By the time I am able to gather the elements for implementation of a schematic, the next magazine is out with endeavors to depart from the previous trends, which have been made old news in a matter of weeks. There must be over 30 design magazines printed each month and over 350 produced each year – forget the cost, environmental issues and pressure to keep up with the constant and unrelenting flow of information.

Is there a solution to this constant stream of ideas, which leave us feeling that our homes are constantly in need of change at a pace analogous to fashion, social media and even fast food?

In my opinion, it boils down to honing in on what you love, what makes you feel comfortable in the homey sense and escaping from these cycle of trends. In an attempt to consolidate my favorite images of great interior and colour combinations, I have created respective manuals, but in the end it really just amounts to an extension of more unused stuff organized in a different manner.

It troubles me how much of a throw away, landfill creating, consumer based and visually hungry society we are. It ultimately fuels the dog eat dog mentality of the design magazines, which are obligated to produce and promote new ideas and gadgets each month in order to stay in production.

What would be the implications if these publications were to run quarterly, half yearly or even annually? While this may seem counter intuitive in the business sense, it would give us all time to digest the information, utilize the ideas and reduce the ever growing stacks of neglected magazines.

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