Wallpaper and Monocle magazine founder Tyler Brûlé has been named editor of the year by Ad Agemagazine. The magazine said "it comes as no surprise that he remains perhaps the most devoted and adventurous advocate of 'magazine-ness' working today."
Brûlé moved to Britain in 1989 and launched Wallpaper in 1996 and Monocle in 2007. He is lauded for his insistence on creating substantial, luxurious and high-end publications in an era when most editors are cheese-paring budgets by downgrading paper quality or trim size.
The budget's always been tight at global-affairs monthly Monocle -- launched in 2007, it's still in startup mode -- but for founder and editor in chief Tyler Brûlé, the primacy of the physical product is inviolable. With its glossy heft, sections on all manner of different paper stock, and exquisite printing, Monocle is a media product for the luxury market -- the global jetset -- that actually feels luxurious.
"When the little van comes with the first-bound editions," says Mr. Brûlé, speaking from Monocle headquarters in London, "it's like Christmas. That fresh smell of the glue, the feel of the paper under your fingertips, the click of the pages and the crackling of the spine -- it is touching every single sense."