Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs dies at 54

Dezeen Founder and editor Marcus Fairs died suddenly on June 30 at the age of 54 after falling ill last week, according to a statement from the site. Launch of Fairs, digital journalism pioneer and innovator in the field Dezeen in 2006 in his guest bedroom, forever transforming the design media landscape.

Known for his entrepreneurial sensibilities, Fairs quickly built Dezeen in a global news hub for the architecture and design community, creating a forum for conversation and engagement that included hard-hitting editorials and industry resources, such as event listings and jobs. Last year, the publication was bought by JP/Politiken Media Group, a Danish company to ensure it remains a “bastion of independent journalism”, according to the site, run by Fairs.

Marcus Fairs, founder and editor of Dezeen.

Throughout his storied career, Fairs was the first digital journalist to receive an Honorary Fellowship from the Royal Institute of British Architects for his outsized contributions to architecture. In 2018, he was named one of London’s 1,000 most influential people by the evening standard. Other accolades include BSME’s Business Web Editor of the Year in 2013. He was also named one of the 100 most influential people in the UK creative industries by the Hospital Club.

A prolific writer, Fairs has written several books including: 21st century design (originally published in October 2006 and now in its third edition), Green design (published in March 2009), Dezeen Idea Book (published September 2001 and now out of print) and Dezeen Interview Book (published May 2013).

He is survived by his wife Rupinder Bhogal, also director of Dezeen, his children Jordi and Millie Fairs, his parents David Fairs and Georgina Ledward, and his sister Elly Fairs.

Betty K. Park