Bloggers wail over the the closing of Condé Nast’s “Domino”


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The design world is an exquisite corner of the Internet, and Wednesday it was shaken to its core by the news that Condé Nast plans to close Domino magazine, widely regarded among style-conscious female bloggers as an essential publication.

In this group, the competition is always keen to see who could be the first to get the next issue of Domino and post photos from the edition. No more. And the grief was palpable among online stylistas.


Glamour magazine writer Joanna Goddard, who blogs at her internationally popular site A Cup of Jo, was among the first to disclose the news : ‘The hearts of design bloggers everywhere are breaking.’

Within an hour, she had several dozen comments on her site. ‘NO!’ wrote one reader. ‘This is terrible news. That mag brought me SO much joy! I will miss it horribly. I feel ill.’

Holly Becker, founder of Decor8, warned: ‘Prepare yourself for this one.’

‘Domino is officially over,’ Becker wrote. ‘I felt it coming for a few months now, especially when my editor resigned (I know how much she loved her job there), and of course there were rumors, but this is just so upsetting. Especially for those of us with columns there, I’ve been writing for them since 2006.’

Another decor site, Oh Joy!, wrote simply: ‘Sadness.’

Domino was a touchstone for people who admired English and French eccentricity, and valued style above mere fashion or conformity. It was about taste, but not the tyranny of conventional good taste. Now there is a real vacuum where that editorial sensibility used to be.


Charles Townsend, president and CEO of Condé Nast, announced that the magazine -- hit hard by the recession -- would cease publication after the March issue.

-- Tina Daunt