Associate Publisher Steven Sloan
with Mannington's Natalie Jones
at a preview tour of the company’s
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At this point, it’s pretty much a given that you’re sick of hearing about politics. Fourteen months ago when we mulled over the 2016 editorial calendar, we thought we had the unique opportunity to discuss the broader implications of design, taking into consideration not only the ways in which things like sustainability can create an impact on the world,
but also politics and lobbying. I’d say that we are design experts, not political experts, so we
could not know then that this election season would turn out as it did. But then again, a lot of
political experts didn’t know either.
There’s no denying that the political climate within the United States and around the world
has been impacted monumentally by social media. The Arab Spring of 2012 was enough to
prove that, but from witnessing the horrors refugees go through in real-time to your opinion of
that one person on Facebook changing irrevocably (and regardless of your affiliation, we all have
that one person on our friends list), the impacts of social media have never been more obvious.
One of the concerns I have as an editor of the less-social-but-still-media aspect of publishing
is in analyzing the immediacy of the ways in which media is displayed. Within minutes of an
event, you can find traces of it across the Internet. There is no more waiting, and the responses
we read are led by feelings, rather than the calm rationale of logic, which requires more time
and room to air out knee-jerk reactions.
Perhaps that is why we are hearing this election season more than ever that people “feel”
something is true, and therefore it must be. But feelings don’t trump (sorry) facts.
Luckily for us, publishing takes a slower pace—regardless of how it may seem during
the crunch time of closing an issue. It relies (or should, at least) on facts. What are the big
issues? Water conservation in California and the showrooms which are stewards of that effort
(Dressing Room, p. 56). What lobbying efforts have toiled over the years to make our industry
stronger? The designation of interior design as a recognized and certified skill on par with
engineering and architecture (Field Notes, p. 32). What are the deeper stories interior design
is telling? Sustainability and the history of Chinese immigrants working on Canadian railroads
(How I Sourced It, p. 72).
In this issue, we wanted to bring every aspect of how design influences and impacts the world
to the forefront because it’s a field we believe in. It’s more than “just picking” products and it’s
more than just a feeling; it’s a dynamic and vibrant industry ready to take on the world.
Kadie Yale | Editor in Chief
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Deputy Editor AnnMarie Martin attends the
launch of Alessi's Circus collection, designed
by Marcel Wanders, held at the Circus
Warehouse in Long Island City, N. Y.
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with designer Stacy Garcia
at a recent Durkan hospitality
event in Maryland.
Editor at Large Rob
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to help lead the
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