Judge in Profile: Pilar Guzmán, Editor in Chief of Condé Nast Traveler

May 16, 2014 4:00 PM

BY Meredith Swinehart

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Pilar Guzmán is a magazine powerhouse. Named editor in chief of Condé Nast Traveler last August, she previously served as vice president and editor in chief of Martha Stewart Living magazine, where she was responsible for the editorial direction of the entire Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia flagship. And she’s perhaps best known as the founding editor in chief of Cookie, the groundbreaking parenting magazine for young, style-conscious parents.

Pilar began her career in journalims by writing a travel guide to Italy and as a food critic and lifestyle writer for the New York Daily News. She was also a senior editor at Real Simple, and design and architecture editor at City magazine.

Above: Pilar Guzmán is judging our Best Office Space (Professional) category.

10 Things to Know About Pilar:

Cities I’ve Lived In: Los Angeles, Florence, New York.

Biggest Design Influence: My father, who was the master of the mix: 18th-century English with mid-century Danish modern way before anyone else.

Favorite Shop: The late great Takashimaya on Fifth Avenue in New York; E. Dehillerin in Paris; the Cheese Store of Beverly Hills in LA; and March in San Francisco. 

Favorite Restaurant: Franny’s in Brooklyn.

Favorite Artist: Alice Neel. (Image of Elenka painting via Studio International.)

Favorite Work of Architecture: The Musee d’Orsay in Paris.

Last Item I Bought for My House: Tea service and berry bowl additions to our existing collection of vintage Raymond Loewy Continental charcoal china. (Image via Super Rad Now.)

Latest DIY Project: Gluing one of our precious Loewy berry bowls back together.

On My Wish List for My House: Steel-framed windows and doors on the back side of our brownstone.

Last Art Exhibit I Saw: The Charles James show at the Met.