Consider us officially exhausted. Every spring becomes a whirlwind of airplanes, tradeshow registrations, panel discussions, phone interviews, showroom visits, and endless cups of
coffee (and let’s be honest, the occasional Big Mac and milkshake) to keep us goin’. Then the
hard part comes on that fateful first day of summer each year to report back on all the latest
and greatest we’ve found along the way.
ANNMARIE MARTIN, SENIOR EDITOR
The spring A&D school thesis showings delivered once again this year. What students had to tell us
is we’re ready for the next evolution of interiors: those that we can actually engage and interact with,
and wearables that will help us do it all. But more importantly, we need to prepare ourselves for how
this new way of life is finally starting to resolve itself. By that of course I’m talking about one where
nothing is segmented and everything overflows into each other, all thanks to that dastardly little devil
technology. And we don’t just mean personal and work lives here, but also market sectors. What’s
the future of the “workplace” when people work all the time? How can emerging businesses retain
talent when their college campuses looked better than their new offices? We plan to answer those
questions and more as we make our way through the rest of our 2015 editorial calendar and into 2016.
And of course we hope you’ll be along for the journey. We’ll even pack a few Big Macs for the road.
CHRIS CURTLAND, MANAGING EDITOR
Jerry Seinfeld has a joke about how the future will look, and it comes from his disdain for
fashion. He doesn’t like picking out a little outfit every day, and every time he sees a fictitious
future, all beings wear the same thing. “Somehow they decided: ‘This is going to be our outfit.
One-piece silver jumpsuit, V-stripe, and boots. That’s it.’” But the subject of this month’s Spotlight
(p. 60) says, “I don’t think we’re going to evolve out of our limbic system. We won’t stop liking
beautiful things.” So as design elements become more functional and efficient, I’ll look for them to
remain attractive and awe-inspiring, and I&S will stay on the cusp of covering them.
KADIE YALE, ASSOCIATE EDITOR
While it would be easy to point at technology as the future of design—and it’s definitely already
had a massive impact—I believe that more than anything, integration will lead the biggest
innovations. The integration of differing design practices sitting across the table from each other;
the integration of new techniques that will lead to better sustainable practices; the integration
of healthy habits into the way we sit, stand, work, and live; and, yes, the seamless integration
of technology into just about everything we touch. No longer are designers and clients satisfied
with cookie-cutter or one-size-fits-all. In the years to come, opening our imaginations to connect
the world around us in creative new ways will make the biggest splashes in design.
ROBERT NIEMINEN, EDITOR-AT-LARGE
It’s impossible to predict with certainty what the future will hold for interior design. But I think
it’s a relatively safe bet to suggest what it won’t be: predictable, disjointed, toxic, rigid, unsubstantiated, or uninspiring. I can say this with assurance because of the trends shaping our
industry today—a shift toward design that is: rooted in research; transparent in its approach
to human and environmental impacts; cohesive in its integration of technology; intuitive in its
functionality; flexible in meeting the changing needs of its end users; and of course, elegant in
its interpretations of beauty and brand.
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