McAlpine Communiqué

March 24, 2010 | 23 comments
Everyday, it seems, the online design dialog grows larger and larger. At first, it was a design-crazed blogger here and a blogger there. Now, there are new design blogs popping up every day. Interior designers have blogs, antique stores have blogs, magazines are joining in also - augmenting their regular print-bound content with more up-to-the-minute content online. Furniture makers, designers and architects are joining the dialog with Twitter and Facebook accounts too. Social media is changing all the rules. It is giving design voyeurs like me unprecedented access to the thoughts and portfolios of some of the best design minds out there.

Of course, all of this is likely not news to you if you're reading this blog. What might be news to you, though, is the entrance to the conversation by the architecture and interior design firms I most admire: McAlpine Tankersley Architecture and McAlpine, Booth & Ferrier Interiors. They now are tweeting away on Twitter and have begun sharing insightful quips and unpublished portions of their amazing portfolio of work on their new Facebook pages here and here.


McAlpine and his oh-so-talented cadre of creatives didn't stop there, however. Much like the spellbinding architecture and design that they continually produce, they have raised the bar with their online content. They have just launched their own online magazine of sorts, aptly named Communiqué. Their intent is to keep us up to date on a regular basis of what they're working on. I couldn't be more excited to hear this. I've devoured the first issue and am already anticipating the next.


I ride by the Mcalpine Booth & Ferrier Atlanta office in Avondale Estates at least once a week on one of my training treks from Sandy Springs to Stone Mountain. I had intended to do a Ride-by Architecture post about the office and it's stunning design. My pictures probably wouldn't be able to do it justice though. Thankfully, the first edition of Communiqué provides you an excellent glimpse of the office (pictured above). Often it's close to 8pm when I pass by a 2nd time on my way back to Sandy Springs and I will see Susan Ferrier burning the midnight oil, working tirelessly to bring us all so much inspiration. For that I am grateful.

I don't want to steal any thunder from the launch of the new magazine, so you'll have to visit the Communiqué website to see more of the beautiful imagery from the 1st edition. I'd recommend subscribing to their Twitter feed and becoming a fan on Facebook too. If you're like me, you don't want to miss anything they have to share.

Oh, and don't forget that Bobby McAlpine's new book comes out next month. So much great stuff all at once.

23 comments:

nestegg said...

Happy Birthday to me!!
Best news I've heard all week.
Thanks for the info!!
xoRH

sarah, flourish design + style said...

Will have a peek - so happy to now be following, love your insight, ideas and thoughts. xoxo

sharon said...

Really interesting, I'm going straight over to have a look at the communique. I wish this openness would cross the atlantic and inspire the French designers to share their work.

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

I am soooo excited to learn about this. You are correct, there are so many wonderful blogs, and this sounds like a can't miss. I am off to check it out. Thank you!

Bardot In Blue said...

can't wait to check out their new site, thanks for giving us the heads up!

Cheers! Bardot in Blue

Balsamo Antiques and Interior Design said...

looking forward to it
thanks for info

Bronwyn Ford said...

I'm glad I found you Limestone & Boxwoods! This is exactly the type of news I like to see.

A Perfect Gray said...

thanks so much for the heads up!

Claire Watkins, ASID allied said...

A friend sent me an email this morning about wanting to throw up on his own interior design office after he seeing the McAlpine Office interiors via their new magazine. Well, that's a pretty good review, coming from this individual. I feel as though there should be a drumroll or something now that I am about to click on your link and see for myself...

Happy riding!

This Photographer's Life said...

That's so exciting!! I'm off to check it out :)

Blueprint Bliss said...

What great news!

Love their office.

Can't wait for the book to come out next month!

Anonymous said...

Just ordered a hard copy. Love their work!

Rodolfo

Anonymous said...

Thanks for keeping us up to date. Great post.

Terry said...

You pitch to magazines, design furniture / accessories / fabrics, author books, make personal appearances, do lectures. Now you have be active in social media. What is interesting to me is the marketing of design talent. How do you scale the talent of an individual? You make him/her a brand. It's fun to see this campaign emerge. It raises the bar. Good for us.

Lila said...

AH, another pedestal table. I heart you so much.
Lila Ferraro
Queen Bedroom Sets

Anna said...

Absolutely love your blog! Thanks for letting us know about Communique.

Charlotta Ward said...

Hi James, and sorry for not popping in for a little while.

Thank you for the introduction and heads-up on the new magazine. I look forward to exploring this further!

What do you ride? Bike or horse?
Would love to see a 'ride by architecture' post by you - wobbly pictures an all! :)
Think it would be brilliant!!

Have a splendid Easter and hope you have fun plans.

xCharlotta

P.s. Both LeAnne from Linen & Lavender and I are trying to find the original source for that bed you like so much. I will keep you posted.

La Petite Gallery said...

First visit, Thanks for the info. Happy Easter..

Yvonne

Vitania said...

So very exciting. Thanks for the news..
Hope that you doing well..

Vitania

greg tankersley said...

Thanks for the exposure! Beautiful blog you have here.

Francine Gardner said...

My favorite firm...will check the magazine. i am so thrilled as i will be working hand in hand with the architectural firm on a client's project. First meeting next week in New York.I introduced the firm to our client and it was instant karma.

Porchlight Interiors said...

I will have to go and check out their site now. I fully agree with all the new daily blogs. When we started 2 years ago it was easy to look through your favorites, now there are too many to choose!

the sweet life with olives said...

where did you go? really miss your posts!

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