LONDON — After a three-month search, Jeremy Langmead has been named the editor in chief of Wallpaper.
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The 36-year-old Langmead, currently head of the lifestyle features desk at The London Evening Standard, will replace founder Tyler Brülé, who stepped down in May after a series of disagreements with his superiors at IPC Media, the division of Time Inc. that oversees Wallpaper. Langmead, whose first Wallpaper issue will be the March edition, will report to Mike Soutar, managing director of IPC Media’s Wallpaper Group.
Before the Evening Standard, Langmead edited London’s Sunday Times Style magazine and the now-defunct women’s title Nova. He also worked for Tatler and Elle Decoration.
Langmead told WWD that while fashion coverage would be “strong,” Wallpaper would not morph into a fashion title, despite the launch of an upcoming fashion supplement. “Tyler achieved a lot with Wallpaper, but I think it could and should be covering a lot more. There are definitely elements missing from the magazine. Escapism will continue to be an important part of the magazine,” he said. Langmead plans to meet with Wallpaper staffers today to discuss changes to the title.
Meanwhile, Christina Ferrari, who was named acting editorial director of the magazine when Brülé stepped down, will return to her home in Geneva. “She’s going back to living a Wallpaper lifestyle on the lake,” said an IPC spokeswoman. Ferrari is also planning her wedding to Time Inc. editor at large Henry Muller set for October.
Brülé launched Wallpaper in the United Kingdom in 1996 and immediately created waves with his coverage of minimalist design, architecture, food and fashion. Time Inc. purchased the magazine in 1997 and Wallpaper went on to launch a short-lived, biannual magazine, Line, covering sports and last year to introduce a biannual fashion magazine, Spruce. But there has been less buzz about Wallpaper in the last 18 months as minimalism began to wane in popularity. This year, Time Inc. shifted responsibility for the Wallpaper brand and its related publishing activities to IPC Media, which it acquired last October.