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When I used to sneak into my father’s room to go through his stash of Playboy Magazines, it was strictly to read the fascinating articles laid out chicly between the covers of the glossy mag. Pages upon pages of information relating to art, music, entertainment, industry and design kept me busy for hours…until Mama D’arde caught me and sent back to my villa to “think about my actions”. She just didn’t understand.
Now, in a stroke of genius born from the mind of Playboy’s Chief Content Officer, Jimmy Jellinek, Playboy has made every single issue of the magazine ever published available on iPlayboy. That’s over 160,000 pages of academia and erotica on the web and optimized for use on your iPad. (If you don’t have an iPad, you can still browse the photos only but not the articles.)
In addition to digitizing the archives, the Playboy peeps have created the Playboy Commission, which Jellinek told me was “an editorially appointed panel of high-profile creative leaders from the art, design, photography, fashion, architecture, literature and music industries.”
Who better to include on a panel of this sort than our very own André Balazs, whose selections include ”Designs For Living” (July 1961), ”A Playboy Pad: New Haven Haven” (October 1969) and “Playboy Plans A Duplex Penthouse: Modern Living” (January 1970).
One of Balazs’ picks from Playboy January 1970
Also on the panel of curators are jewelry designer Waris Ahluwalia, fashion designers Lisa Mayock and Sophie Buhai, artist Ryan McGinness and creative director Simon Doonan, just to name a few.
Currently, all the Commission’s selections are up for viewing on iPlayboy, with five new panelists surfacing every month. Subscriptions to the archives cost only $8 for a month, $60 for a year and $100 for two years. If you’re in New York City, the curated content is being exhibited at Partners & Spade from July 15 - 31.