The Story Behind Anthology
In early 2010, over brunch at a San Francisco café, Meg Mateo Ilasco and I were lamenting the demise of several notable magazines. As writers—Meg has a half-dozen books under her belt, and I pen a weekly column for a daily newspaper—we have a shared appreciation for the print medium. Although we both spend a good amount of time online, we just didn’t accept the theory that readers no longer want to hold something tangible in their hands.
During our conversation, we started jotting down notes on what our ideal publication would be. We realized that we actually had a mutual vision: a shelter and lifestyle magazine that takes a narrative approach to its coverage of home decor, travel, design, entertaining, and culture.
Fast forward to the fall, when Anthology officially launched. Each issue is conceived as a collection of stories, all centered around a theme. The first issue focused on “The Slow Life” and included articles about an artist’s cozy Berkeley abode; a Chicago designer who handcrafts beautiful furniture; the joys of a modern-day cutting garden; and a fun, not fussy, dinner party. The second issue explored “Where the Past Meets the Present,” while the third celebrates the notion that “Life is a Party.”
Anthology is packed with thoughtful columns and features, stunning photography, and compelling graphics—totaling more than 120 pages. Since we are a reader-supported publication with a limited number of ads, there’s plenty of content to enjoy. The magazine is printed on matte finish stock that is eco-friendly (FSC-certified). Measuring 7.5-by-10 inches, it’s the perfect size for tucking into a bag and taking to the coffee shop, or on the bus or plane. Of course, we also encourage you to curl up with Anthology in the comfort of your own home, in your favorite reading chair.
The magazine relies on the talents and hard work of dozens of freelancers. Officially, Meg is the creative director while I’m the editor in chief. But the reality is, we wear many different hats. (Don’t be surprised if one of us responds to your customer service inquiry.)
In January 2015, we announced that our last issue will be Issue No. 21/Fall 2015. We are immensely grateful for all the support we received during our five-year run, and hope that you continue to draw inspiration from Anthology, long after we’ve stopped publishing.