Just like great design does, art in its many forms tells a beautiful story. Perhaps it’s why the two oftentimes work hand in hand, side by side, woven tightly together to present spaces that engage and excite, comfort and soothe, and everything in between.
But sometimes (the best times, IMHO) it goes one step further. The marriage connects
us on a very primal level. All prejudices, preconceived notions, and anxieties fade away and
we just become people. Imagine that? Just PEOPLE.
In the picture below I am standing next to Amar Bakshi, a true visionary of our time. He’s the
creator of Shared_Studios, a multidisciplinary collective that harnesses new technology in physical
spaces to give individuals who wouldn’t normally get the chance to meet an opportunity to do so.
I was so impressed with his groundbreaking initiative entitled “Portals” (as was CNN and other
major media outlets, for that matter) which I saw when the first was installed in the Lu Magnus
Gallery in New York City and connected to another in Tehran this past winter. So I asked him to
meet up at the High Line recently to chat further. Since then, Portals have connected thousands
of people from around the world by bringing them (virtually) face to face, all via standard shipping
containers they enter, developed in conjunction with Spacesmith. But I won’t spoil it all for you. Go
read the rest of the story in our Collaborative Column on page 26.
It’s people like Bakshi who make the world a better place—who create art not only for
beauty’s sake, but that means something. This month, four Portals “conversations” will be
taking place at once, and the response has far surpassed Shared_Studios’ wildest expectations for the project. That’s because Bakshi has managed to develop something that actually
resonates in an ever-intensifying global climate: a common denominator.
We’ve discovered over the years that another great equalizer is the practice of hand drawing,
which we explore once again in our second annual peak behind the Moleskine of a handful of
designers’ sketchbooks on page 56. For many of you, it provides an authenticity that can’t
be matched by digital media, which is why it has stood the test of time.
But all of our subjects this month encourage you to think outside of the box when it comes
to how art relates to your work and life. Just ask photographer Shuli Sadé (page 74) who dives
into the dark corners of the mind, then digs her way back out to illustrate to the world, through
her installations, the importance and complexities of memory.
We hope the following pages challenge you to expand your view on what constitutes a
piece of art, and to hold it to a higher standard—like Sadé and everyone else featured here in
the Art of Design issue. Enjoy!
AnnMarie Martin | Editor in Chief
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Mood Board | Editorial
AnnMarie Martin and
Amar Bakshi walk the
High Line together in
the dead of summer,
and stand in front of
one of José Parlá’s
that guard The
Standard High Line
hotel in NYC.
Editor-in-Chief AnnMarie Martin’s son
was not impressed with his Wildwood,
N.J., vacation in August. Better luck
next year, Mom and Dad.
ecore™ gave us a glimpse into
their history when we visited their
Lancaster, Penn., headquarters
in July with this array of colored
The newest addition to
the Interiors & Sources
family: Charlotte Yale
makes her debut as
Kadie Yale’s assistant
Managing Editor Chris Curtland recently
toured National Office Furniture’s impressive
new headquarters. The space functions as
both office and showroom, and will be
featured in next month’s issue. Stay tuned!