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Wallpaper Magazine Taps Bill Prince as Editor in Chief, Taking Over From Sarah Douglas

LONDONWallpaper magazine has tapped Bill Prince as its new editor in chief.

He’s taking over from Sarah Douglas, who was editor of the architecture, design and fashion publication for 16 years.

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“I am incredibly excited to work with the most passionate and innovative team in luxury publishing who continue to deliver the best-in-class, design-led content and collaborations. I very much look forward to the next chapter in Wallpaper’s remarkable story,” said Malcolm Young, managing director of the magazine.

In his new role, Prince will oversee the editorial decisions of the magazine, as well as continuing to work as editor in chief of The Blend, the supplement that accompanies The Week magazine.

Wallpaper magazine's January 2024 issue
Wallpaper magazine’s January 2024 issue

Wallpaper and The Week are both owned by the British publishing company Future plc, whose portfolio also includes Country Life, Homes and Gardens, Decanter and Marie Claire.

Prince was deputy editor at British GQ for more than two decades and started his career at the popular British music magazine NME, or New Musical Express.

Other changes are afoot at Wallpaper. Charlotte Gunn, editor of NME from 2018 to 2020, will join the team as director of digital content. Meanwhile the title’s fashion director Jason Hughes’ responsibilities are amping up by being named fashion and creative director.

Many magazines are repositioning themselves with new teams.

In February, WWD reported that i-D Magazine, acquired by Karlie Kloss last year, is pausing its print publication and digital output for the foreseeable future as it focuses on repositioning itself in the publishing world and finding a new editor in chief after Alastair McKimm’s departure.

At Condé Nast, whose magazines include Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and Allure, tough times are still ahead with more cuts being made in its editorial departments in the U.S. and U.K.

The changing publishing landscape has meant that titles are focusing their efforts on honing and building communities rather than chasing new readers that won’t stay long-term.

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