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The magazine was launched in 1996 by Canadian journalist Tyler Brûlé and Austrian journalist Alexander Geringer, CEO of aheadmedia, in London, UK. Brûlé sold the magazine to Time Warner in 1997. He stayed on as editorial director until 2002. 2007 saw the appointment of a new editor-in-chief, Tony Chambers, a self-styled "visual journalist".
Wallpaper's website was launched in 2004 as an arm of the magazine. Since then the website has grown exponentially in line with the rise of online media. Rather than publishing reformatted material from the magazine, it covers breaking news across design, interior, art, architecture, fashion, travel, and technology. It also publishes exclusive online features, interviews, blogs from global events by Wallpaper editors, and a wide range of visual galleries. It claims on average over 635,000 unique users per month. Aside from producing the monthly magazine and website, Wallpaper also publishes global city guide books with Phaidon Press. There are 80 different cities currently available, and more are being published later in the year. The city guides are published in English and there are also editions available in French, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese, and Japanese.
In September 2005, Wallpaper* launched the "Wallpaper* Thai Edition"
In 2007, to celebrate its 100th issue and reflect its multi-platform status, the logo's asterisk acquired a cursor (pictured at right) in place of one of its arms.
In August 2008, Wallpaper launched the Wallpaper Selects website in collaboration with contemporary online art retailer Eyestorm. Wallpaper Selects sells a selection of limited-edition photographs from the Wallpaper archive, signed by the photographer.
In July 2011 Wallpaper launched an iPad edition of the magazine which is available via the iTunes store.
In January 2012 Wallpaper launched a Chinese language edition.
Controversy over Afrikaans
In the September 2005 edition, an article by Bronwyn Davies, an English-speaking South African, described Afrikaans as "one of the world's ugliest languages", South African businessman Johann Rupert (chairman of the Richemont group), responded by withdrawing advertising for brands such as Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels, Montblanc and Alfred Dunhill from the magazine.
Wallpaper Design Awards
Wallpaper has an annual awards programme. In 2010 it had 66 categories.
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- Afrikaans stars join row over 'ugly language' Cape Argus, December 10, 2005
- "Design Awards 2010: the winners". Wallpaper. Retrieved 2010-04-21.
- Wallpaper.com – official website
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