Spenta Multimedia has announced the addition of Domus to its portfolio of consumer titles. Domus, the Italian bilingual international magazine on architecture, art and design, is distributed across 88 countries and also appears in Russian, Arabic, Israeli, Chinese and now Indian editions. A monthly magazine, Domus India will hit the stands in May 2011. The editor for the Indian edition of Domus will be Radhika Desai.
Commenting on the importance of the Indian market, Dr. Maria Giovanna Mazzocchi Bordone, publisher and managing editor, Domus said, “Since its first publication in 1928, Domus has held a leading role in promoting and anticipating architectural and artistic movements and every sort of creative impulse across the world. Emerging countries, nowadays, are more and more urged to imagine, plan, and design new environments, while social services and town-planning issues compel for attention. We are confident that Domus, through its broad international perspective and tight integration between its various communication channels, will offer Indian professionals and academicians a unique insight into these questions, enabling them to guide and influence new ways of living, new ways of perceiving environments, objects, cities and outlying spaces.”
On the expanded scope of Spenta Multimedia’s publishing business, Maneck Davar, proprietor, Spenta Multimedia, added, “At Spenta, we have always felt the need for an international class architecture and design magazine which will expose international trends and sub-continental directions to the growing numbers of Indian architects and designers facing the challenges of creating the built environment. India being poised for rapid growth in all aspects of infrastructure, the need for a media product which articulates the rationale behind design was keenly felt. We are both privileged and excited to be associated with Domus, a magazine which is iconic in its sphere, with over an eighty-year-old history of focussing on the finest aspects of design and the thought processes behind it. Domus is not another magazine on pretty interiors; it is a thought provoking forum encouraging lively discussion and debate on key issues relating to design. Domus comes with a huge reputation, which puts an onus on us to adhere to everything that has made the magazine it is today.”
Elaborating on the Indian edition of Domus, Joseph Grima, editorial director, Domus, said, “Domus intends to redefine, as it already has done many times in the past, the process through which contemporary architecture, art, design and urban space are narrated, focusing particular attention on a context of intellectual production that knows no cultural barriers or physical frontiers. The intent for the Indian edition of Domus is contiguous with and carries forward from the originating publication, while being intensified for this significant moment in the history of the Indian sub-continent. The Indian edition of Domus will act as a ‘pratibimb’ as it were, which while mirroring the image of the moment, will also refract, examine and narrate contemporary architecture, design and art. In this imaging, it will unearth and contain new directions and definitions for sub-continental practitioners and partakers alike.”