May 2018

Condé Nast House & Garden - - SDECATRIORNEADERS - ed­i­tor in Chief

An­niver­saries are op­por­tu­ni­ties to cel­e­brate mile­stones in a corkpop­ping, con­grat­u­la­tory way, but they are also op­por­tu­ni­ties, obli­ga­tions even, to re­call the route in reach­ing the mile­stone.

in Condé Nast House & Gar­den’s case the route from the first is­sue in May 1998 to the copy you have in your hands is about 25 000 pages of stel­lar rec­ol­lec­tions long. they were great pages that stand up to­day as strong as ever for their au­thor­i­ta­tive con­tent, style, point of view, pro­duc­tion qual­ity, ser­vice and flair. We made that our mantra from day one and it’s still our mis­sion to­day.

of course, things have changed, but be­fore i go there, let me tell you what hasn’t changed. the loyal sup­port of the lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional de­sign in­dus­try’s star play­ers. stephen fal­cke de­serves a spe­cial shout-out at this point for his con­stant en­thu­si­asm and gen­eros­ity to CNHG for 20 years. it’s sig­nif­i­cant and fit­ting there­for that he has al­lowed us to pub­lish a preview of his hot-off-the-press and long an­tic­i­pated book, A World of De­sign, which launches on 8 May. it’s a fat, heavy, glossy tome of his case stud­ies which took sev­eral years to pro­duce and per­fect and i couldn’t be more hon­oured that we are there in an­other first with stephen.

What has changed is the land­scape of life­style, dec­o­rat­ing, de­sign and ar­chi­tec­ture. i’m talk­ing progress on more than a nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion scale be­cause in these two decades we re­ally started pay­ing at­ten­tion to the way we lived and what that looked like in africa. then the rest of the world started pay­ing at­ten­tion, and then, well… Black Pan­ther. What we wanted to cel­e­brate in the is­sue was the amaz­ing dec­o­ra­tion and adorn­ment that is a sig­na­ture of our con­ti­nent. os­trich eggs and por­cu­pine quills were ev­ery­thing in 1998, now we want ‘Lala’ cab­i­nets from dok­ter and Misses. We have made pas­sion­ate progress as mak­ers and cre­ators in sa in the last 20 years and it’s a proud mo­ment to know that this mile­stone for the mag­a­zine is a cel­e­bra­tion of show­cas­ing that as it emerged and evolved and stood its ground.

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