As the season rounds into winter and the days grow short, what is more
comforting than the glowing warmth of light? Through the ages firelight,
candlelight and lamplight have banished darkness and cold, creating an
atmosphere of intimacy, well-being and merriment that helps sustain us until
spring. In fact, we’re lucky to live in what could be considered a golden
era of lighting design. There has never been a time when the category has
been more creative or compelling, and we wanted this issue to reflect that
excitement. You’ll notice remarkable examples of new lighting products
throughout our pages, and our Studio department focuses on the sublime
work of Alison Berger, whose hand-blown glass lighting pieces capture the
magic and beauty of this most elusive element.
This issue is also a sparkling package of sophisticated international design.
The KallosTurin project in New York is a bold contemporary statement
delivered with nuance and depth (check out the design resources listed in
our Notebook section to get a granular sense of the design selections that
make this story sing). In Paris, Miami designer Juan Poggi created a fresh
interpretation of luxe French style that feels both classic and new. Similarly,
the Malibu house that Alison Palevsky and Sarah Shetter devised advances
California’s Spanish Colonial style in surprising ways. In South Africa, Lee and
Wesley De Wit’s glass pavilion is a playful riff on modernist icons like Mies van
der Rohe’s Farnsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House, transported
to a decidedly more exotic landscape. The Boston townhouse that Hacin
+ Associates renovated retains its historical character while embracing the
tastes and needs of a contemporary family. In Design File, Zoe Settle reports
on Soane Britain, which is keeping the flame of traditional craftsmanship alive.
And in Architecture, Michael Webb revisits a landmark work of one of the last
century’s brightest lights, Frank Lloyd Wright, whose 1921 Hollyhock House has
just reopened to the public after a three-year restoration.
There are many kinds of winter light: the shivering glow of the northern lights,
the low fire of a January sunset, the silver sweep of stars on a crystalline night.
Let’s savor these this season, as well as the creations of the talented designers
who are bringing us brilliant new ways to fend off darkness.
FROM THE EDITOR