DESIGN and style, LIVING | January 28, 2009

Domino Magazine is the Latest Magazine to Fold

magazine demise continues :: domino to be fold

You probably heard the news today about the closure of Domino magazine. We saw a good number of home and decoration magazines disappeared over the last couple of years. It is true that the industry was crowded with titles. But it is sad to see the end of a popular magazine we like.

In Canada, December 2008 was the last issue of Wish magazine. From Blueprint (that I liked) to O at Home and In Style Home (I never bought either) up to the more traditional Home & Garden and Cottage Living, no magazine styles seem to be spared.

May Not Be End

The demise of magazines may continue as advertising revenues are going down. I predict a harder time for expensive magazines. For example, I enjoy Donna Hay magazine but I am not willing to pay $10 for each quarterly issue. Are you?

Many speculate that Condé Nast will decide to consolidate its cooking magazines into one. Gourmet is named more often as the one to be folded. I hope not since I buy one or the other depending on their stories; sometimes both.

I renewed my subscription to Canadian House & Home yesterday. I am guessing they are doing well since they launched a French edition this month.

With this announcement, we have even fewer magazine choices. On the brighter side, we will have more time to blog.

7 Responses to “Domino Magazine is the Latest Magazine to Fold”

  1. so very sad, Domino was great, and I loved their new book as well, so now I guess it will just be a classic….I do love blogs but there’s something about the tactile glossy magazine that speaks to me..guess we’ll have to keep on blogging to get inspired!

  2. 2 At Home with Kim Vallee said:

    Jillian: I understand what you mean about the feeling since I buy many magazines.

  3. I heard the news and was so sad. It’s the only magazine I subscribed to – so filled with helpful information – great products – and decorating that made me re-think design options. I will miss you domino!!

    :(

  4. 4 Jennifer C said:

    It is sad that so many of the good magazines are folding. I love Domino & have subscribed since they first published. When I discovered BluePrint, I was in awe. A descent design magazine that applies to the masses is hard. Yet you have magazines like Better Homes & Garden, who one, talk about everything under the sun, not focusing on one thing. And two, come out every month with sub publications on organizing, small rooms under a $100, etc, which is just a repeat of what they publish in their month mag. On another note, I wish I could find some place here that carried the Canadian House & Home, but I can never find it at Barnes & Noble. Britsh edition, yes, no Canadian edition. I am bummed.

  5. 5 At Home with Kim Vallee said:

    Jennifer: I am also surprised hat Canadian magazines are not exported to the USA. Being neighbors, I thought this would be natural.

  6. Alas! Subscription land just won’t be the same without my beloved Domino. Nothing else has ever fit quite so well. I suppose I will just have to cling to the past editions, like my favorite Chip N’ Pepper jeans. I’m sure something else will come along, but will it ever be quite as good as Claire Danes in “My So Called Life”?
    Architectural Digest may well be the ‘sister’ publication, but it is the older, much snobbier, sister that doesn’t allow for glowing backlight and overexposed window panels to flood it’s pages. Domino RIP – I will never forget you. xotynomite

  7. I have just come across this site, and finding it interesting and informative.

    There is nothing worse that you get used to a certain magazine and then it gets shelved, its very sad that this magazine had to fold, this is the first that I have heard of it and it did sound like a great mag, but here is to the new one to take its place.