The go-to source for anything and everything interior design is turning 85 this year. Yes, Interior Design Magazine will be celebrating their 85th anniversary in 2017. Since the 1930’s, IDM has been the top publication in the industry, highlighting the most iconic and revolutionary designs throughout the years. From industry trends to cutting-edge projects, world-renowned events to the top designers in the game, IDM has been the one-stop shop for everything design for decades and shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. Here is a look at the past, present, and future of Interior Design Magazine.
IDM was established during one of the most important periods of American design. In 1930, the Chrysler Building was constructed in New York. At the time, it was the tallest building in the world. Then, in 1931, the Empire State Building rose and stole the title of world’s tallest building. These architectural marvels sparked the desire for design content, and IDM flourished ever since.
Other design coverage that sparked the success of Interior Design Magazine include the opening of the Rainbow Room, located on the top floor of the RCA building in the Rockefeller Center, in 1934. IDM also covered the redesign of the Mayflower Hotel in Washington D.C. and the construction of the Pentagon, which was the largest office building in the world at the time at 6.5 million square feet.
In addition to IDM’s 85th anniversary, the publication is also celebrating the 40th anniversary of their prestigious Giants program. The program highlights and ranks the top interior design firms across the globe. The rankings are made based on a variety of factors including design fees and company value. Currently, Gensler sits atop the list.
Editor-in-Chief Cindy Allen hosted a celebratory event to honor the Giants program and acknowledge some of the firms that have been a part of the program for years. She added some interesting facts about the firms that attended, such as HOK being one of the first five firms to join the program and that Tara Roscoe, an executive for STUDIOS Architecture, hosts Iron Chef competitions for her friends.