Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Missing Domino

 Louis XVI and Eero, together

I took this photo about a year ago, at the magazine stand of the Singapore airport. No, I don't make it a habit to take photos of magazines and NOT buy the magazine, but I was just in transit and didn't want to be carrying yet another magazine on the plane. This photo spoke to me--I love the chandelier, the old chairs, and the modern table! It's so...Domino and Elle Decor. But this photo I think is from Martha Stewart Living, I can read the small print on the bottom left of the photo.

My two all-time favorite magazines are Domino and Elle Decor. Okay, since Domino shut down, only Elle Decor. I hope that doesn't shut down too!

Back issues I got at Book Sale for P65 ($1.50) each

I really liked what Domino stood for--it's exactly what I think and feel, so I feel validated reading this which I believe was taken from their (now gone) website.

Domino’s Manifesto

  • Home Should Make You Happy!
  • We swear by the 3 R’s: repaint, repaper, reupholster
  • Steal ideas from other people’s houses
  • Even the insides of the closets & cabinets can be beautiful
  • It’s ok to NOT BE finished
  • A chandelier is as timeless as a black dress
  • Renters need not be second class citizens
  • Sometimes your mistakes become your greatest inspirations
  • DON’T BE AFRAID TO MIX STYLES (Louis XIV and Eero Saarinen should hang out more often)
I copied the above from one of my favorite blogs, Paris Apartment.

Good thing Domino published this book. Lots of wonderful photos in it. I found it at National Bookstore for P995. So before you order online and pay top dollar, find out if the National near you has it. Every design library should have this book.

Sometimes I'm lucky enough to find Domino back issues at Book Sale. There's one very near my home. Sometimes they have it for P65 only! I also score a lot of old Elle Decor there. Then I leave all my old design magazines at the beach house so guests can enjoy them (and few have swiped them--I know who you are..)  I shouldn't be telling you this because I'm creating my own competition.

The magazines are only few months old, but it wouldn't matter to me if they are even more than a year old because the style never is out of date, and the resources are still usable to me. Elle Decor is about P110 ($2.20). I never buy full price locally because I think it's a rip-off, but I one of the reasons I get excited for US trips is because I can update my magazines. Cheap thrills or what?

1 comment:

theother woman said...

Hey there! so this is Domino magazine that you mentioned at lunch! i also likelikelike that first picture! and I have that copy of elle decor as well [the aerin lauder one] care of Book sale too! I think decor magazines are pretty timeless actually so even if its a few seasons old, good design will always be classic anyway so i'm willing to buy the old copies.I've kept magazines from 10-15 years ago and the look/theme that spoke to me then still does today. My rule of thumb with design is to be true to what you love. Sometimes even if it seems mixed up and don't match, but you love it,you'll find there is actually an underlying theme that pulls it together.


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