is an American
. Its principal subject is interior design
, not — as the name of the magazine
might suggest — architecture
more generally. The magazine is published by Condé Nast Publications
and was founded in 1920, by the Knapp family, who sold it in 1993. Condé Nast also publishes 6 international editions.Architectural Digest
is aimed at an affluent and style-conscious readership. It bills itself as the "International magazine of interior design". Each issue is largely devoted to the critique and analysis of trends and fashions in interior design, interspersed with many advertisements
, in much the same manner as Vogue
, another Condé Nast publication. Every few years, the magazine announces its list of top 100 designers in the US and abroad.
Starting in 1971, Paige Rense
served as the magazine's editor-in-chief. Rense
announced her retirement from that position on June 3, 2010 and will become an editor emeritus. She has been replaced by Margaret Russell
, previously the editor of Elle Decor
. Since the change in editorial staff, the magazine has seen a shift towards featuring lighter, more open interiors, brighter photography, and a sleeker graphic style, as evidenced by the extensive use of Helvetica Neue
in the magazine's redesign.