Marcus Fairs

Author Q&A Contributor / Writer; Editor; Publisher / United Kingdom / Dezeen

Marcus Fairs is the founder and editor in chief of the international design magazine Dezeen.

A furniture design graduate, Fairs began his journalism career writing for publications including Blueprint, The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, and Condé Nast Traveller. He launched icon, the international architecture and design magazine, in 2003, and edited the publication until November 2006.

Fairs launched Dezeen at the end of November 2006 and the site has grown rapidly ever since, now attracting over 1.75 million unique visitors every month. It is widely regarded as one of the most influential design websites in the world. In 2007 Fairs was joined by Rupinder Bhogal and together they set up Dezeen Limited, which they now run as co-directors. They launched the recruitment site Dezeen Jobs in 2008, followed by Dezeen Watch Store in 2010.

As founder and editor in chief of Dezeen, Fairs has won awards including the BSME’s Business Editor of the Year in 2013. In the same year he was named one of the 100 most influential figures in the UK creative industries by the Hospital Club. In 2011, French Architectural Digest placed him in the “100 qui comptent” list of the most important figures in global design.

He also regularly appears on radio and TV, writing and presenting a documentary about French designer Philippe Starck for the BBC in 2003 and appearing in the major BBC series Home in 2006. An accomplished public speaker, Marcus Fairs has spoken at conferences in London, Tokyo, New York, Stockholm and Cape Town, among others. Fairs lives and works in London.

Books by Fairs include Dezeen Book of Interviews (2014), Twenty-First Century Design (originally published in 2006 and now in its third edition), Green Design (2009), and Dezeen Book of Ideas (2001).

Marcus Fairs lives and works in London.

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