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When I came in as editor-in-chief in December 2015, one of the first things I wanted to do was strengthen our ties to universities and young designers. The initiative was echoed by the rest of the i+s team, and the first move was to create the
Designers to Watch feature, found on the first page of Noteworthy (in this issue, pg. 11).
While it’s important to cover the big guns in the industry—and we do (see the profile on
Laura Guido-Clark, pg. 38)—we’re in a unique position to highlight the achievements of students
and young designers. At first, Designers to Watch proved to be one of our most difficult assignments.
We called design universities and asked them the nearly impossible question: Of all your
students, who stands out? It’s a tough one to answer, but in January 2016, we successfully
launched Designers to Watch. Pratt Masters of Industrial Design student Aldana Ferrer Garcia
(Product Inspiration, pg. 36) received the nomination from her professors.
What you will find in this issue are our regular i+s features, but most of them are written by
a handful of our previous Designers to Watch, many of whom are now young professionals in
the field or coming upon their final semesters.
Why the focus on young designers? For one, it’s a competitive market out there, and by
showcasing new designers, we aim to connect our readers with those who have gone above and
beyond. You can be sure to see them taking the interior design industry to the next level, whether
creating the latest products or innovative interiors. I’m so grateful my team feels the same.
Secondly, those in design school—whether faculty or students—hold a special place in
my heart. Having been an industrial design student and later a Masters of Art in Decorative
Art History and Theory, I have been on both sides of the lecture podium. For four years, I was
lucky enough to teach or aid in courses at both Parsons and the New York School of Interior
Design, and before that I sat at the studio desks with my classmates. I have seen firsthand
the amazing ideas that come from young designers.
Something I will never forget is an experience during undergrad, when I lived with a few of
my design classmates, and took many of the same courses with my roommate Aubrey Kraft.
During one assignment to create a light fixture, I took the easy way out, being more concerned
with my interior design internship. (This is something I can now say without embarrassment, as
I am more inclined toward design theory and writing than creating the next big thing in lighting.)
But Aubrey’s design took her through many ideations of her original concept before she realized
that to deliver the product, she would need to painstakingly solder each individual piece together,
without interruption. I left several times during her work to sleep or grab a meal, but for almost
24 hours, I would return to find her in the same spot, crafting each piece.
At the end of the day, it's the people like Aubrey and their passions that make this industry
so great, whether you've been in it for a few months or many years. This issue was a joy
because, beyond providing each young professional with a unique opportunity to bolster
their portfolios and resumes, those on the manufacturer side were eager and willing to act as
another network for the editors. There were hands-on experiences, like the Dressing Room
at Kimball (pg. 30), in which Karina Campos (Syracuse 2017) toured the showroom with
me before we headed off to ICFF. And while others were able to “meet” digitally (Product
Evolution, pg. 28 and Steals + Splurges, pg. 34), my hope is that all parties were able to
come away with a new connection and appreciation for the learning process.
Kadie Yale | Editor in Chief
BACK TO SCHOOL
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See what else interiors+sources has been up
to this past month at
Managing Editor Jenna Lippin
went on a post-NeoCon vacation
to the British Virgin Islands.
Mood Board | Editorial
Deputy Editor AnnMarie Martin (far right)
gathered with Judy Nelson, director of
communications at IA Interior Architects
(center), at the baby shower of Rebecca
Goldberg, co-owner of DADA Goldberg.
All three ladies are expecting!
At 4,930 feet, Editor-at-Large
Rob Nieminen was on top of
the world hiking Whiteside
Mtn., N.C., this summer.
Art Director Kim
shores in Rhode
Island this summer.
Editor-in-Chief Kadie Yale and friend Scott Buchheit show off their neon
“battle wounds” from a summertime painting party.