As of yesterday, California Home+Design magazine has suspended its operations—ceasing publication of its quarterly print magazine, its digital platform (californiahomedesign.com) and discontinuing its series of statewide design events indefinitely.
For nearly two decades, the magazine has been a resource for the San Francisco design community, and over the past few years its readership soared with an expansion of its online presence and increased circulation throughout the state of California.
"California Home + Design was an important, inspiring resource," said Sam Lubell, West Coast editor of The Architect's Newspaper. "Its closing is a real loss for our community."
Despite the growth, California Home+Design’s parent company, McEvoy Group—which owns Chronicle Books, becker&mayer, Galison/Mudpuppy and Princeton Architectural Press—remains in talks with potential buyers for the title, but has decided to discontinue publication and release all staffers at this time.
"We're grateful for the hard working dedicated staff who were so passionate about California Home + Design and so well regarded in the design community," said Tom Fernald, chief operating officer of the McEvoy Group. "And also to the many advertisers that supported the publication and website for the 10 years under McEvoy Group's ownership. We are hopeful the brand will find a new home among one the companies that have expressed interest."
The magazine's editor-in-chief and managing editor sent out email messages yesterday annoucing the news to their contributors, designers, collaborators and friends of the publication.
Erin Feher and Sarah Virginia White
"I have personally had my dream job for the last seven years, and have you to thank," wrote Erin Feher, editor-in-chief. "I really hope we are able to work together again in the future."
"It's been an amazing year and a half with California Home+Design (thanks to all of you), so I want to personally share the news of our magazine's closure, effective today," wrote Sarah Virginia White, managing editor. "The vibrant design community in California has inspired me on a daily basis, and I expect that your audacious creativity will only continue to grow—the sadness I feel at the closure of our publication is merely that there is one fewer outlet available to celebrate your work."
The news comes just months after two national publications—LUXE Interiors + Design and Cottages & Gardens—announced plans to launch regional editions of the magazine in San Francisco this year.
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