Courtesy Stefano Boeri
Stefano Boeri, current editor-in-chief of the Milan-based design magazine Domus, will soon be taking the helm of rival Abitare. He will replace Italo Lupi, Abitarees editor in-chief since 1991, who is an architect and graphic designer with a long track record in publications and exhibition design. Boeriis three-year term at Domus will end in April after the Milan Furniture Fair, and he will take up his new position immediately thereafter. Last November, Domuss publisher, Giovanna Mazzocchi, announced that she planned to replace Boeri with the Italian designer Flavio Albanese (see Domus Lands a New Editor,, AN 20_12.11.2006).
Since it was founded in 1962, Abitare has been a dominant presence in the field of architecture publications and has maintained a focus on interior design. Observers have been expecting changes at Abitare since its acquisition in 2005 by RCS Media Group, which is also the parent company of Rizzoli Publishers. Lupi will stay as an editorial consultant,, said Alda De Rose, vice director of RCS Magazine and CEO of Abitare Segesta. She added that RCS wanted a high-profile editor who can help extend the brand with additional publications, Web projects, and conferences, explaining, Our objective is to confirm Abitarees position in the field and update the formula with more openness internationally..
In characterizing the difference between the two magazines, and his new editorial vision, Boeri explained, While I was at Domus, it was a magazine of objects at all scalessobjects seen in their material individuality, in their symbolic significance, and in their aesthetic quality. I hope my Abitare will offer a view from the insideethis time, the objects will be in the background. What matters here is to inhabit the spaces, to use them and enter in.. His first issue will be on newsstands in September 2007.