8 interiors+sources march2016 interiorsandsources.com
It’s crazy to imagine what William Morris would think of the year 2016. Of course he’d never give the Lesser Arts speech via a series of Tweets, but inevitably it would end up lastered across social media anyway (and probably donning a clickbait header like “We
all know William Morris isn’t a fan of technology, but you’ll never guess what he’s said now!”).
And no matter how much he protested, eventually he’d have to come around to the idea that
having a cell phone is just necessary (albeit, he’d probably forget to charge the thing and his
voicemail box would always be full).
But I think he’d find one aspect of today’s design to be a relief: “…The pleasure of working
soundly and without haste at making goods that we could be proud of?… Such a pleasure
as, I think, the world has none like it.” The sentiment still rings true, perhaps even more so
than we’ve seen in previous decades. It seems as if the more connected and fast-paced we
become, the more we yearn for reminders of what it means to craft, make, and be inspired.
We’re seeing community gardens pop up in abandoned urban lots, and sites like Etsy
become hugely successful. There’s just something about a product that has been made by
hand that we still find desirable.
Perhaps it’s as Lori Weitzner said during her profile interview (page 52): “The soul of [the]
artisan is in the product, and people love that.” Perhaps part of the allure of Maya Romanoff
(Product Dressing Room, page 42) is that each piece of covering holds a bit of the artists’
painstaking placement of every glass orb or splash of paint while Top 40 radio fills the room.
Perhaps each hand-knotted rug by Malene B (Product Evolution, page 48) embodies her
beaming smile you see to the left, and the pride in her voice as she pulled out samples to
show me in her beautiful New York home.
I believe William Morris can rest easy, even in our world of Apple Watches, Google Glass,
and self-driving cars—because we continue to desire the handmade, and I just don’t see that
going away any time soon.
Kadie Yale | Editor in Chief
(What Would William Morris Do?)
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Malene of Malene B. Studio and EIC Kadie Yale
in her beautiful NYC location. See page 48.
Samples on samples
on samples: Malene B
Studio laid it all out
Matthew Olive, had
the perfect lighting
office for April's
Art director Kim Barbrie at
the Carlos Alfonzo clay
works + ceramics exhibit at
Miami's Perez Museum.
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