16 interiors+sources june2016 interiorsandsources.com
Last October I was back in California, browsing the Oakland West Elm with my mom. There, I met Sarahjane Bernhisel, the graphic designer behind Bison Paper Company, who had been invited by West Elm to host a “pop-up-shop” that weekend in the middle of their store so she could take her Etsy-based shop into the realm of
brick-and-mortar. Her work is intriguing, and despite the fact that it doesn’t quite fit into i+s’
usual mold of bringing you the latest in commercial design, I was able to state honestly in our
December “Holiday Wish List” that I was hoping for her work under the tree.
In the last six months that I’ve been at the helm of interiors+sources, I have been asked
numerous times what my vision is for i+s and what my favorite part of the job is. Well, this
issue is it. The fact that we can highlight the People + Places that make our industry one of
the best and most fun industries out there.
Being a design historian and theorist (Parsons MA Decorative Art History and Theory), the
30+ year legacy of interiors+sources is important to me. Where we are going needs to be in
line with where we’ve been, and I believe our focus this year highlights that stance. But to do
that—what I think is my most important job as editor-in-chief—we need to be aware of the
latest and greatest who-what-where-why-when (and, of course, the how.). It’s important to
me that i+s not only show you the newest from the tried-and-true industry favorites, but that
we introduce you to the Sarahjanes of the world, setting up shop on a table in the middle
of the Oakland West Elm. Or showing for their first time ever at BRKYLN Designs. (A few of
which you can check out in our “Introducing the Future” Sources, page 52.) Or posting “Look
what I made!” on social media.
That was the thought behind our new Designers to Watch Out For page (pg. 19). You
know as well as I do that there’s a special freedom in those college studio classes that
causes innovation which can—at times—be squashed under the foot of client deadlines and
demands. Being in a position to be able to now “give back,” communicating with and broadcasting the brightest new stars in the industry is something I take seriously. I had the wonderful
opportunity last month to visit the Virginia Commonwealth University design department and student
show, which included plenty of time to sit down with students to discuss their work. Let me
tell you—i+s almost lost an editor-in-chief to spending ANOTHER six years elbows-deep in
late-night studio projects (kidding, kidding.) While there were times that I brought up the
inevitable boring industry questions, (“So, where will fire extinguishers fit into this design?”)
I left excited about the future of the industry, much as I do when I’m flipping through my
Instagram feed, as Royce Epstein suggests in her Field Notes (page 24.)
The future of the industry doesn’t just lie at the feet of those entering the workforce; IDLNY
(page 40) has been working tirelessly to protect the future of the interior design industry, lobbying
to afford interior designers the same rights as architects and engineers.
All this to say: I’m excited about this issue. I’m excited about the future of the industry,
and of i+s. I am grateful to my amazing staff who support my efforts in keeping our finger on
the pulse of the industry and make miracles happen each and every month. They keep me
sane and humble me in the gratitude that I feel for them.
If you haven’t yet—make time to say hello. (I’ll be the one at NeoCon foolishly believing
she can make it the entire week in heels. Please bring coffee… and an ice pack…) My email
and number are in the masthead. Let me know about the Sarahjane’s in your life. Let’s chat
about what you’re excited about. Come sit on the floor and look under furniture with me to
break down how it’s made. Because I can’t do my job without you. i+s can’t continually find
the best and brightest out there without you. And, honestly, this industry is just so much more
fun because of the people who are in it—including you.
Let’s go exploring and continue to build an industry that is so much better for all the bright
and shiny who, what, when, why, where, and hows.
Kadie Yale | Editor in Chief
HERE’S TO YOU
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Mood Board | Editorial
Trade show necessities: i+s editor-in-chief Kadie Yale made light of the hectic
schedule at HD Expo by posting on-the-go #TravelingFruit on Instagram.
See what else interiors+sources has been up
to this past month at interiorsandsources.com
Art director Kim Barbrie
and Editor in Chief Kadie
Yale seen with eco-friendly
earthly wall coverings at
out more about earthly in
our Introducing the Future
Sources (page 52.)
The People and Places of Design
While in Virginia, Kadie was
able to check out Middle of Broad
(MOB)—a multidisciplinary lab
where students create designs to
better the community.
EIC Kadie Yale visited Virginia Commonwealth
University to attend their student exhibition.