Dear read­ers

Condé Nast House & Garden - - CONTENTS - ED­I­TOR IN CHIEF

It feels great to con­nect with you again. I’m sure many of you know me from when I helmed Condé Nast House & Gar­den pre­vi­ously, but for many of you this may be our first date. Ei­ther way, I’m ex­cited to host you ev­ery month to a re­freshed and rel­e­vant take on the beauty and di­ver­sity in de­sign that’s com­ing out of our coun­try, con­ti­nent and world to­day.

CNHG has led the way for al­most two decades by pro­vid­ing you with a show­case of re­mark­able ar­chi­tec­ture, dec­o­rat­ing and gar­dens, the peo­ple mak­ing them and in­formed views on why they mat­ter. We’ve taken you into de­sign-for­ward in­te­ri­ors, brought new tal­ents to your at­ten­tion be­fore they be­came block­buster stars, and cham­pi­oned cur­rent ideas on what it is to live well. Noth­ing has changed. But the way you digest the in­for­ma­tion has and I felt it was time to re­think what you need from a mag­a­zine and how it could serve you bet­ter, be­cause for a quick dose of trend­ing wall treat­ments, for ex­am­ple, Pin­ter­est is un­match­ably en­cy­clopaedic on the sub­ject. Sim­i­larly, if you’re crav­ing in-depth style man­i­festos, co­pi­ous fat, glossy-paged tomes are there for the tak­ing via Ama­zon or Ex­clu­sives. On my two-year sab­bat­i­cal from CNHG, I worked on de­sign and ar­chi­tec­tural projects. But de­spite a sur­feit of prod­ucts and ad­vice, I needed more than any­thing a go-to guide that I felt in­tu­itively knew my needs, and that I trusted. Ef­fec­tively, I was you. Want­ing to find de­signs that worked in real life and re­flected me, not a dec­o­ra­tive for­mula. Like a black lo­cally wo­ven floor rug that would not fade in the sun, for plug cov­ers that matched the walls, for a knee-height bath­room pedal bin that didn’t do a som­er­sault ev­ery time you opened it. I wanted to know if there was a vel­vet that didn’t feel creepy if you sat on it in a wet bikini. Not to be dif­fi­cult did I need this, but to help me make more savvy choices and so, I hope you grow to rel­ish

CNHG as a source of cu­rated, stylish de­sign in­spi­ra­tion and re­li­able opin­ion on it.

And so to the is­sue in your hand. What bet­ter way to em­brace a new sea­son of sun­shine than with a mas­sive Sa-fo­cused de­sign spe­cial. Tour four ex­clu­sive un­seen in­te­ri­ors that make a stel­lar point of in­te­grat­ing the sur­round­ing en­vi­ron­ment. That is how we can live here and it’s be­com­ing a glob­ally cel­e­brated de­sign sig­na­ture of SA’S way of liv­ing in a mind­ful and ex­pe­ri­en­tial way.

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