A POSTCARD FROM…MARCUS FAIRS, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, DEZEEN

Name: Marcus Fairs

Occupation: Editor-in-chief Dezeen Magazine

Brief bio: A furniture design graduate, Marcus began his journalism career writing for publications including The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday and Conde Nast Traveller. He launched icon, the international architecture and design magazine, in 2003, and edited the publication until November 2006. Under Marcus, icon established itself as one of the world’s most influential and respected design journals, winning a string of awards.Marcus himself has also won numerous awards, including Journalist of the Year (2002) and Architectural Journalist of the Year (2004). He launched Dezeen Magazine in November 2006 and since then it has grown to become one of the most popular and influential architecture and design blogs on the internet


Inspiration: Who is your design hero? I don’t have heroes. But I think that Rem Koolhaas is the towering design genius of our time. In terms of design publishing, Tyler Brûlé is the person I most admire.

Getting out of bed: Why do you do it? There’s just so much to do!

Luck or hard work: How did you get your big break? Definitely luck. I was fired from my job at what turned out to be the perfect moment to launch a design website.

Life: What inspires you? I don’t like the word “inspire” and try never to use it but actually I’m interested in everything and inspiration can come from anywhere.

Looking back: What project are you most proud off? Launching www.dezeen.com because it proved that a bad situation can be turned into a good one and therefore you can control your destiny

Relax: Cinema or Couch? Garden

Favourites: Colour, Film, Music and Book? Navy blue, Easy Rider, Jake Bugg (right now), any Robert Harris novel (right now).

Technology: Apple or android? Apple

Taking Notes: Handwritten or tablet? I take very few notes but when I do it’s a mixture of both. I don’t recommend this strategy.

Dinner: If you could throw a dinner party for any three people, who would they be? Whoever the three most powerful people in the world are, just out of curiosity, to see how they behave in a relaxed, social situation.

Other life: If you were not an editor-in-chief what you would be? I like to think that had things been different, I’d be a songwriter.

I can’t live if living is without? What three things…. Family, house, garden.


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