Design today is an international affair that's rapidly blossoming
into a serious long term relationship. Designers regularly hop
on planes to Paris for Maison et Objet, to Milan for the Salone
Internazionale del Mobile, to New York for ICFF and to myriad
exhibits and summits in such far flung locales as Copenhagen,
Maastricht, Basel, Stockholm, Hong Kong, India and St.
Petersburg. Why all this fashionable globetrotting? It's not just
for the air miles. Designers now have a real hunger to seek
out what's new, what's authentic and what's spurring design
in provocative directions. After all, designers think differently
about design in different parts of the world. They draw
inspiration from their unique cultural traditions, and their use
of color, texture and craftsmanship reflects that splendid
diversity. After venturing into the international arena,
one can't help but see one's own design landscape with
Photographer TIM BEDDOW’s books include In Search of the Sahara,
East Africa, Safari Style and Damascus: Hidden Treasures of the Old
City. When not shooting for numerous international magazines, he
and his wife divide their time between a house in Notting Hill, London
and a farmhouse in the southwest of France.
CAREN KURLANDER has been working as a design editor and writer for
more than a decade. She has held positions at Architectural Digest
and Western Interiors and Design, writing feature stories. Her writing
has also been published in The Robb Report Collection, Luxe Interiors
+ Design and Mountain Living. She is currently a contributing editor
for the online design database The Editor at Large and the editor in
chief of FORM.
MICHAEL SLENSKE covers art, music, fashion, and occasionally
politics for W, The Daily, Modern Painters and the websites of
Interview, Art in America, and
Elle.com. He investigated the story
behind a hefty art tome detailing the career of post-surrealist/
modernist German painter Neo Rauch for the February+March issue
and spoke to Pierre Cardin about Maxim's: Mirror of Parisian Life, a
new book on the history of the iconic 118 year-old French restaurant,
which the designer has owned for the past three decades.
International design has always been a touchstone for
interiors, and in this issue we've highlighted a certain cross-
cultural pollination. The Toulouse apartment of gallery owners
Daniel Suduca and Thierry Merillou is filled with 20th century
treasures gleaned from around the world. The New York
A Brit based in Gothenburg, Sweden, JAMES SILVERMAN has crossed
the globe photographing contemporary design and architecture.
James studied the arts at London's Chelsea School of Art, and Manchester University. James has contributed many publications, including Vogue Living, Wallpaper, Architectural Digest, Sunday Times and
The Guardian, with over 100 magazine and book covers to his name.
pied a terre designed by Robert Couturier has a mod, Euro-inflected sophistication. The 18th century manor house
revamped by James Perkins is a wildly inventive take on
grand British motifs. The South African retreat by Stefan Antoni
Olmesdahl Truen Architects could be a direct descendant
of Richard Neutra's Southern California modernism. And the
summery interiors of the legendary Grand Hotel du Cap
Ferrat, an international jewel set in the South of France,
ANDREAS VON EINSIEDEL has photographed interiors for over 25
years—his work published in many of the most prestigious international design and shelter magazines. Andreas, born and raised in
Germany, has been living in London for longer than he cares to
remember. He loves London as a place to live and work. Andreas
strongly feels that two developments of recent years stand out,
and have presented considerable challenges to his profession—
the economical down turn, and the move into the digital world.
“The transition is still taking place and I look to the future with great
were spun into a dreamy confection of luxury by designer
MICHAEL WEBB writes on modern architecture, design, and travel,
authored 26 books, most recently Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer
House, Boyd Collection (Rizzoli) and Venice CA: Art +Architecture in
a Maverick Community (Abrams). Previous titles include: Art/ Inven-
Really, it's enough to give you wanderlust.
tion/House, Adventurous Wine Architecture, Modernism Reborn: MidCentury Modern American Houses, and The City Square. Born and
educated in London, he worked at The Times and Country Life, before
moving to the United States to become programming director of the
American Film Institute. Michael resumed writing in 1980, he lives in Los
Angeles, in a classic Richard Neutra apartment, once home to Charles
and Ray Eames. His twin passions, as he roams the world: modern
Photographer MANOLO YLLERA, based in Madrid, photographs
fashion, interiors and lifestyle for a variety of international magazines.