This week’s radio show was a very meaningful full circle for me. The first design job I ever had turned out to be my absolute favorite. It was working with House & Garden Magazine’s web team and I relished every minute of it. Getting to work alongside some of the most talented writers, editors and photographers made me up my game in a way I felt excited for and set standards for me that I’ve tried my best to maintain ever since. At the helm of that magazine was Dominique Browning– one of the most incredible women I’ve ever known.
Dominique has had a long and impressive career in publishing, including her tenure at Newsweek Magazine where she was the first woman at any newsmagazine to be appointed an assistant managing editor. In addition to writing for publications like Savvy, American Photographer and Esquire, Dominique was the executive editor of Texas Monthly and the Editor-in-Chief of Mirabella before joining Conde Nast, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of House & Garden Magazine until 2007.
Since her time at the magazine, Dominique has published numerous articles for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Environmental Defense Fund in addition to publishing a wonderful and deeply personal book: Slow Love: How I Lost my Job, Put on My Pajamas, and Found Happiness.
In 2011, Dominique founded the Moms Clean Air Force with the Environmental Defense Fund, to rally mothers to fight air pollution as a children’s health issue. Last week Dominique and I met for lunch and we discussed the ways in which the design community is infinitely connected to environmental issues. Dominique described the dangerous chemicals that are used in everyday home goods and ways in which we can band together to have them eliminated from the design objects we love so much. I was so intrigued, fascinated and concerned about the issues she was raising and really appreciated her coming on-air today to discuss why the design community should care about these environmental issues, how people (particularly women) can get involved and how we can all stay informed about the chemicals and materials that make up the design goods we love so much. Thank you so much to Dominique for talking with me. You can listen to the show below or visit her online, at her blog and check out the Moms Clean Air Force website for more information and ways to make a difference. xo, grace
“Nobody in Washington wants to make a mother angry…and we don’t exercise this power enough.”
-Dominique Browning on After the Jump