Kadie Yale | Editor-in-Chief
editorial | By Kadie Yale
interiors+sources® is dedicated to the advancement of the commercial interior design profession. It connects design
professionals with the projects, products, firms, and associations that shape the built environment and promotes the value
of design services in the creation of functional, sustainable, and aesthetically pleasing environments. Each issue delivers
relevant and timely information that equips design practitioners with the knowledge and tools necessary to reach design
excellence in their own practices. Editorial ideas and contributions are welcome from all members of the design industry.
One of my favorite things about this job is meeting people who have been readers for decades. It’s a bit like hearing about what your parents were like before you were born; you know they had a life before you, but it’s hard to imagine it.
For the last 35 years, since its inception, interiors+sources has had a mission to fill the gaps
in interior design media, beginning with sustainability. For our younger readers – yes, there was
a time when the idea of sustainability was cutting edge rather than something automatically tied
into the industry’s goals.
Since then, i+s has gone through metamorphosis after metamorphosis. Even throughout the
last three years that I’ve been at the helm, the brand has undergone changes to ensure it’s giving
our readers exactly what they need to get their jobs done. First with a rebranding in 2016, then a
move toward providing more digital stories so our readers see the newest products and information
right when they’re being released out of the gate.
It’s our goal to always be growing and expanding as the market and our readership change.
But in 2019, you’ll see a few changes that go back in time.
For one, we’re reintroducing people on the cover. For those who haven’t been following i+s
for more than a decade, the brand originally featured our profile subjects on the cover. In a time
when cover models stare from the magazine racks, it may not seem that out of the ordinary, but
in the last decade since we’ve discontinued the practice, both i+s Brand Director Steven Sloan
and I have met people who can recount the time they were on the cover, and it brings us so
much joy—so why not do the same to commemorate our 35th year of publication?
We kick it off this year with Bobby Berk, interior designer and one of the Fab Five on Netflix’s
reboot of Queer Eye (profile; p. 38). Interviewing Berk was a whirlwind that exemplifies what
we’re trying to do at i+s – we discussed his background that led to his becoming a designer,
then dove straight into the larger sociological aspects of design that he uses in his work on
Queer Eye, bridging the gaps in a fractured society through interiors.
Though we may be changing ever-so-slightly, the heart of i+s remains the same – to be the
resource you trust to tell the deeper story, discussing the hard truths of society while providing
the latest in product design.
Thank you for 35 wonderful years,
Happy Birthday, i+s!