One of our most favorite guilty pleasures is a magazine read. After hearing Charlotte Moss' lecturer a few weeks ago, we can not stop thinking about what it would have been like to have been around when Fleur Cowles' Flair Magazine was in publication. We thought all of you paper junkies would appreciate some good research on one of the most extravagant and avant-garde magazines ever published.
Fleur Cowles was born Florence Freidman, in New Jersey. She married several times and had various jobs in the advertising and publishing world during her early career. Cowles first gained notoriety as associate editor of Look Magazine in the late 1940's . Throughout her life, this creative and ambitious woman traveled extensively and networked with the who's who of the day.
Cowles' most defining and outstanding achievement was the publication of Flair. This highly unique publication covered all the subjects that interested its editor: fashion, design, travel, entertainment, literature and art. During its 12 months of publication, Flair published works by the Duchess of Windsor, Salvador Dali, Jean Cocteau, Gypsy Rose Lee, Tennessee Williams and many more notable cultural influencers. Not only was the magazine's content enlightened and provocative, but its lavish design was like nothing ever seen before. The signature cover had a die-cut hole in it's center which gave the readers a tease of the feast that lay inside. The publication's extravagance brought abut it's demise. Each issue cost more than two dollars to publish and sold for fifty cents and issue. Despite the magazine's short lived-life, it's cultural impact continues to this day.
We know you have seen this image a time or two before but this dazzling lady against a blue sofa and over sized lamp never gets old!
We find it most interesting when we see a well executed room with just the right amount of diverse decor. It takes one talented person and vision to pull all of that together. It is certainly why designers have a job. It is a true art to be able to mix and match all types of furniture and to come up with a plan. One of our favorite spots for great accessories is a shop in Atlanta called South of Market. Named because it is literally just south of Atlanta's Design Mart, ADAC. You can find wonderful treasures mixed with furniture that would be classified as rustic chic. If you are ever in the area, it is well worth your trip. Happy Shopping!