Some of you may have seen my name among these pages or in other design publications throughout the years. And you’ve seen this page in particular over the past couple of months utilized as a platform for some of our other I&S team members.
But I’m very happy to report that as of this month, I now get to claim it as my own. The
State of Design issue is my first as the new Editor in Chief of Interiors & Sources magazine
and I couldn’t be prouder.
I’ve been around the block in this industry—maybe a few more times than I’d like to
admit—but it’s a great party, don’t you think? After 10 years now (there, I said it) of reporting
on this awesome little world of ours, it never ceases to amaze me just how far-reaching our
arms can be, or how deep a story can go. I’m standing in the picture below left with Bonnie
Littman, company president and CEO of USAI Lighting at their Lighting Collaboratory space
in NYC (open until December—get there before this pop-up is no more!). Back in July, they
gathered a small group for an intimate dinner and great conversation, during which I learned
that Bonnie’s grandfather, inventor William Littman, manufactured the fluorescent fixtures GE
first introduced in 1939.
And now look at their latest “light bulb” I’m holding in the picture. Yes, that’s a light bulb!
It’s companies like these we plan to spotlight even more so in the very near future.
Those that make you stop and do a double take. Those that know where they need to go,
but don’t forget where they came from. Those that have a lot to teach us about how they
reached (or intend to go) from point A to point B—not to mention the people, places, and
things that help them get there.
But next year’s editorial calendar will also dive into a very important movement that’s
been taking shape for a while now. We hate to be the ones to have to tell you this, but the
fact of the matter is that your jobs are only going to get harder.
The state of the design industry is that life is no longer a series of compartments—of clean
little boxes where we can place each segment of our being. So that means you can’t do so
anymore with your design talents either. We scratch that surface with Stephanie Clemons’
ASID column this month on page 68, where she discusses the importance of an interdisciplinary
approach, and furthermore with Kadie Yale’s Field Notes piece on page 18. Kadie spoke with
ASID’s Vice President of Research and Knowledge Management David Krantz and the two
dove into the implications of the association’s own State of the Industry report. For me, the
biggest takeaways are under the Urbanization subhead. Pay it close heed.
My sincere hope is that I am able to help you navigate all these hills and valleys. And I
couldn’t ask for a better staff to help me do so. Editors Kadie Yale and Chris Curtland are
some serious contenders. Kadie has a hawk eye (although it’s very difficult to get her to
admit it) for the next big thing and Chris is always spinning his wheels on how we can help
you build your brands as well.
We’re your biggest cheerleaders, and we’re always chomping at the bit for an actual
face-to-face meeting! So don’t fear being a pest, and always keep us abreast of your travels,
events, and accomplishments. Most importantly, drop us a line whenever just to say hi!
In a nutshell: we’re here. Enjoy the issue!
AnnMarie Martin | Editor in Chief
A NEW DAY
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Editor-in-Chief AnnMarie Martin and Bonnie Littman, company president and
CEO of USAI Lighting.
Managing Editor/Prime Minister Chris
Curtland looking lordly during rehearsal for a
community theater's Cinderella adaptation.
Art Director Kim Barbrie went on
vacation to upstate New York and
spotted (but didn't poach) these
After foot surgery, Editor-in-Chief
AnnMarie Martin spent a couple weeks
“reporting” from bed. Thankfully, her
NeoCon pedicure remained intact and her
doctor was thorough enough to mark his
territory (in purple ink no less).
Associate Editor Kadie Yale
went to a balloon glow event
at the Brucemore Historic Estate
in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where
she'll use her design and
curating experience in a