5 Magazines I Keep On My Coffee Table
Janine Stone & Co. Design Director, Anthony Bevacqua
This article is part of a wider series of posts going behind the scenes at Janine Stone & Co. Sharing with you the influences and inspiration of the people that work in our design Studio.
Long before Design Director, Anthony Bevacqua, joined Janine Stone & Co. “Bev” (as he is known to acquaintances) was an interior design student of the esteemed Chelsea College of Art and Design. Since graduating in the early 90’s Bev’s career has taken him across the globe from Europe, The Middle East and to Asia involving him on numerous high profile renovation projects for the likes of The Dorchester Collection, The Hurlingham Club and the Levy Brothers. Doors opened to allow him to play leading roles on some of the most prestigious luxury residential and commercial schemes over the last 25 years, including the renovation of Tokyo’s Royal Park Hotel.
Bev brought his distinguished experience to Janine Stone & Co. in 2005. His global experience greatly improved Janine Stone & Co.’s ability to interpret the design briefs from our international clientele and create designs drawn from an array of different cultures and traditions. Through the lens of ‘what magazines he keeps on his coffee table’, we find out what influences Bev’s approach to design.
“This magazine is published only twice a year, but I always make sure I have the latest edition on my coffee table.” says Bev.
This publication describes itself as a thought-provoking blend of high fashion, art and culture.
“What I really love about it is the photography….Stories might feature a portrait of an en vogue fashion model or draw my attention to some quirky new Instagram account to follow. No matter what it is, I always find the photography inspirational. It gives me a glimpse of the creative process, of all types of artistic people, as it’s happening.“
Images via AnOther Magazine
“It’s no surprise that an interior designer would order copies of this magazine.” Bev refers to Barcelona based interior’s magazine Apartmento.
Apartmento is widely recognised as today’s most influential, cult interiors magazine. The publication is sold in 45 countries and usually sells out in days of release. Unlike most interiors magazines, the living spaces in Apartamento are small, sometimes chaotic and most definitely lived-in, where you can easily see where the inspiration has spawned from. The living spaces covered usually belong to creatives – photographers, artists and musicians.
“It reminds me that spaces are designed to be lived-in, not just looked at. As an interior designer, this magazine is a font of inspiration that helps me to design interiors that work for our clients on many levels; aesthetically, functionally and atmospherically.”
Images via Apartmento.
“Perhaps there’s a link between the time I spent working in Japan and the reason it sits on my coffee table. The original Design Anthology focuses on showcasing the best in urban living and interiors coming out of Asia. So many publications are influenced by western definitions of “what good design is”…DA [Design Anthology] is therefore refreshing and no doubt helps me stay connected to the fast changing luxury styles and tastes expected by our Asian clients.”
Images via Design Anthology.
“Beyond the often clean, scandi-looking interors that seem to appear frequently, it’s this magazine’s production values that I really appreciate. The smell of the paper, it’s quality, the textured cover, clever use of white space and neutral tones.
There’s a reason why Kinfolk is referred to as a slow-lifestyle magazine, which goes beyond the types of articles they write. It’s the way the stories are laid out, paper feel and typeface…it forces you to slow down…to take the time to indulge in reading. The magazine’s design is a marvelous reflection of it’s values. Likewise I am always striving to create interiors, from my clients’ values.”
Images via Kinfolk
“I am a proud Sicilian by birth, but I don’t think this biases my decision to keep a copy of Vogue Italia, as opposed to the UK edition, on my coffee table.
There is a subtlety about Vogue Italia, in particular their covers, that the other editions don’t have. The photography and stories often have a sub-text that is less commercial and more about challenging ideas in arts, including of course fashion. I’m encouraged to take more interest in what is published in Vogue Italia…it’s provocative and perhaps challenges me to take risks, occasionally, with some of my own work.”
Images via Vogue Italia.
Anthony Bevacqua is Design Director at Janine Stone & Co. overseeing many of the company’s interior design, renovation and refurbishment projects. To discuss a project with Bev and our interior deign team, please contact us.