FROM THE EDITOR
Any issue of Interiors starts with a certain blue-sky thinking: In
the beginning, the possibilities are endless. Our task, of course,
is to winnow that vast array of potential material and to distill
from it a single issue that, while finite, nevertheless suggests
the range and diversity of the international design world.
In this issue, Carol Egan’s project was a natural choice for several reasons. A Hamptons beach house may be de rigueur for
August, but rarely have we seen one so perfectly balanced
between contemporary and classic sensibilities. Egan is Irish,
based in New York, and her clients are Russian and Ukrainian,
which adds an international spin. The noted furniture designer
Ilaria Miani’s Venice palazzo also has a fresh, summery feel,
and Miani’s impeccable eye imbues the 200-year-old structure with an easy, modern style. Mark Rios of Rios Clementi
Hale has been investigating California modernism for years
now, and the canyon house that he and his team remodeled
in Los Angeles is an elegant summation of that work (note,
too, the remarkable palette of design resources). In a suburban Chicago residence, designers Aimee Wertepny and Jennifer Lissner Kranitz, of PROjECT., break the rules in an offhand
but expert way, creating a dark glamour that paradoxically
shines. And the St. Barts house we close with simply captured
our imagination the moment we saw it. Designer Patrick
Raffeneau gives the tropical retreat a Euro-futurist gloss that
sets off the Caribbean landscape in a stunning way.
As our product coverage focuses on rugs, we decided our
Studio department should feature an innovative company in
that arena. A heady combination of London fashion and Nepali craftsmanship, The Rug Company fit the bill. After reading the article, you’ll have a new appreciation for the woven
wonders under your feet. And our Destinations department
showcases Point Yamu, the new Como hotel in Thailand designed by the fabulous Paola Navone.
Blue-sky thinking inevitably gives way to specific content, and
therein lies the pleasure. As this issue came into sharper focus,
we could see that it captured something essential about today’s multifaceted design world. Now it’s back to blue skies,
as the song goes, nothing but blue skies.
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