FROM THE EDITOR
Can it be that this momentous, fractious, challenging year is
coming to a close, just when we were getting the hang of it?
At interiors, 2012 was a time to advance our cause, to delve
deeper into the creative wonders of the international design
world and to appraise our industry with fresh eyes.
On close inspection, of course, the design world isn’t one
world, it’s many worlds. It is the world of the Parisian alchemist
Fabrice Ausset, who fused connoisseurship with magic in a
Marais townhouse. It is the world of Vicente Wolf, a true master,
whose precisely calibrated design strategies imbued a small
New York apartment with aesthetic largesse. It is the world
of Greg Stewart, principal of Orlando Diaz-Ascuy Associates,
who composed a suave sequence of glamorous spaces in
San Francisco. And it is the world of Smith/Firestone Associates,
who captured the ethereal atmosphere of southern California
in luminous rooms seemingly sculpted from sunlight.
Each of these worlds has its own unique narrative, and within that narrative there are multitudes of other stories as well:
stories about craft, about art, about the lives of people who
make things of use and beauty. (When I hear it said that
no one knows how to make things anymore, I immediately
think of all the talented craftspeople producing remarkable
products every day across this country and around the world.)
We introduced the Studio department this year to tell some of
those stories in greater detail, and our entry on Christopher
Farr is a case in point. Renowned for fine carpets, Farr has
been exploring surprising new territory with his own artwork.
Even our Covet and Tattle departments, Arianne Nardo’s
brilliantly edited design discoveries, are essentially about
telling stories: quick, informative tales etched with wit
Finally, Shinji Turner-Yamamoto’s story seems particularly apt
as we ring in a new year. In his Global Tree Project, which we
feature in Expo, the artist seeks unity and healing with the
natural world, dialing down our human clamor and noise
to deliver what he calls a “perfectly crystalized moment of
stillness.” Or, to put it another way: peace on Earth. n
ROBERT COLONNA D’ISTRIA, a historian and journalist, is a regular contributor
to Figaro, World of Interiors and other publications. He is the author of The Art
of Luxury and Memories of Napoleon, as well as histories of Corsica, Provence
JEAN-FRANCOIS JAUSSAUD has been shooting interior design and portraits for
20 years. His work has been published in Vogue, Marie-Claire, The New York
Times and Elle Décor.
NATHAN KIRKMAN is an award-winning photographer who specializes in
architecture and design. A graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology,
he is now based in Chicago and has shot for numerous magazines, including
Wallpaper*, This Old House, Metropolis and Wired.
MEGHAN BEIERLE-O’BRIEN is a photographer with a passion for fine art and
design. Raised in Los Angeles by an architect and a sculptor, she apprenticed
with several top photographers before setting out on her own, armed with “a
love of vignettes, polished nickel and all things orange.” She is the co-founder
of Toujours, and her work has been featured in such publications as Adore
Home, Cottages and Bungalows, and C Magazine.
TIM STREET-PORTER is an award-winning architecture and design photographer and author. He has worked for most of the leading design
magazines, including Architectural Digest, Elle Décor and The World of
Interiors. Tim has written and photographed six books on design and
architecture. Rooms to Inspire in the City, Rooms to Inspire in the Country
and Rooms to Inspire by the Sea (all published by Rizzoli) were written by
his wife, Annie Kelly. His latest book is Doris Duke’s Shangri La: A House in
Paradise (also Rizzoli).
ZAHID SARDAR is a San Francisco writer and editor specializing in architecture, interiors, design and travel. His work appears in Dwell, California Home &
Design, the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications. He is the author
of San Francisco Modern and New Garden Design. His most recent title, West
Coast Modern, was published this fall.
VICENTE WOLF has been a world-renowned interior designer for more
than 35 years and was inducted into the Designer Hall of Fame by Interior
Design magazine. His portfolio includes multinational conglomerates,
private homes, hotels, restaurants and product design. Guided by integrity and simplicity, Wolf developed his VW Home luxury showroom, which
offers interior design services and products influenced by his global travels.
Visual artist SHINJI TURNER-YAMAMOTO was born in Osaka, Japan, and
is now based in Cincinnati, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. His Global Tree
Project— globaltreeproject.org—is an international art initiative that seeks to
open and affirm connections between audiences and the natural world. His
monograph Shinji Turner-Yamamoto: Global Tree Project was published by Da-miani, Italy, in September 2012.