Elle Decor Now Has a Black Editor-in-Chief, Asad Syrkett

Elle Decor’s September issue; new Editor-in-Chief Asad Syrkett
Elle Decor’s September issue; new Editor-in-Chief Asad Syrkett
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We frequently talk about the influence of Black style upon fashion, music and even art, but our influence is often less recognized in the lofty world of interior design (pun intended). This, despite the incomparable aesthetics of a legion of Black designers including Sheila Bridges, Brigette Romanek, Ishka Designs, creative brand AphroChic, and more.


Well, our home lives just got more colorful, as Elle Decor announced on Wednesday that its newest editor-in-chief is Asad Syrkett.

Via Women’s Wear Daily (WWD):

Hearst Magazines has named Asad Syrkett the new editor in chief of Elle Decor, succeeding Whitney Robinson, who stepped down earlier this year.

Syrkett, who begins his new role on Sept. 14, most recently ran all New York operations for Hem, an international furniture brand and design studio based in Stockholm. Previously he was deputy editor at real estate web site Curbed and has also held editorial positions at Architectural Digest and Architectural Record magazines.

“In any genre, the most impactful journalism offers context, challenges its audience and explores its subjects in nuanced ways that enrich the reader’s perspective,” said Syrkett via a statement in which he acknowledged his new role as “incredibly thrilling,” adding: “I’m excited to bring that to a best-in-class interiors magazine, on every platform.”

Syrkett will report to Editorial Director Stellene Volandes, also editor-in-chief of Town & Country. The famed interiors magazine is expected to expand its digital platforms under Syrkett’s leadership.

“He brings a singular combination of respect and reverence for all that Elle Decor is, with an exciting vision of all that it will and can be,” said Volandes. “Every element from the photography, to the feature writing, digital programs, social media and client events will work together to celebrate great design and its impact on every aspect of our world.”

Maiysha Kai is managing editor of The Glow Up, host of The Root Presents: It's Lit! podcast and Big Beauty Tuesdays, and your average Grammy-nominated goddess next door. May I borrow some sugar?



Nice to see some interior designers showcasing places that look like they’ve been lived in by real people. My beef with these kinds of magazines is that they always show places that will only stay that way if you have no kids/pets, and are really OCD (like those people that keep plastic covers over the ‘formal living room’).

Will be interesting to see if they broaden their target audience beyond the Pintstagrambook Karens.