Interiors, February 1969. Cover design by Harper & George

The Mid Century Cover Designs of Interiors Magazine

Interiors was an American magazine published by Whitney Publications, New York and ran from 1940. Before being relaunched as Interiors, the magazine was originally called The Upholsterer which ran from 1888 until 1940.

Interiors covered a range of topics including architecture, industrial design, textiles and design trends and featured profiles on interiors/industrial designers, as well as artists and designers such as Leo Lionni, Alexander Calder, Alexander Girard, Alvin Lustig, Alexey Brodovitch and Saul Steinberg. 

Throughout the magazine the adverts don’t defer from the great design of the magazine and the array of advertisers include Knoll, Herman Miller and Raymor. But in particular, like most mid-century designs, I was attracted to the covers. Here are a couple of my favourite covers from my collection.

 

Interiors + Industrial Design, August 1955. Cover design by Bruno Munari
Interiors + Industrial Design, August 1955. Cover design by Bruno Munari

Bruno Munari was an Italian artist and designer who worked across many disciplines from book covers and posters, to children’s books and illustration.

 

Interiors, April 1957. Cover design by Carl Smith
Interiors, April 1957. Cover design by Carl Smith

 

Interiors, February 1948. Cover design by Albe Steiner
Interiors, February 1948. Cover design by Albe Steiner

Albe Steiner was another Italian designer who Mande a big impact on the design world, his work for magazines Stile Industrial and Linea Grafico are highly collectible and his work was featured heavily in Pagina.

 

Interiors, September 1954. Cover design by Andy Warhol
Interiors, September 1954. Cover design by Andy Warhol

 

Interiors, June 1949. Cover design by Harry Schulke
Interiors, June 1949. Cover design by Harry Schulke

 

Interiors, May 1959. Cover design by Lou Klein
Interiors, May 1959. Cover design by Lou Klein

 

Interiors, February 1969. Cover design by Harper & George
Interiors, February 1969. Cover design by Harper & George

 

Interiors, March 1959. Cover design by Arnold Saks
Interiors, March 1959. Cover design by Arnold Saks

American designer Arnold Saks, studied at the Yale School of Design and established Ward & Saks agency in 1958. As well as been a prolific cover designer, he also worked with clients such as the Jewish Museum, the United States Information Agency and William-Murray producing logos, posters and annual reports.

 

Interiors, January 1959. Cover design by Arnold Saks
Interiors, January 1959. Cover design by Arnold Saks



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