I’m a proud Brit. Proud of this country and the openness and inclusivity that it represents for me. Not to mention the determination and boundless creativity shown by all those based on this dot of an island, no matter where they may have originated. That said, I also realise that our strength stems from powerful alliances and partnerships, and relies on us playing a crucial role on a global stage.
I’ve not long returned from the annual Salone del Mobile in Milan, where the world’s best new designs are presented during a week of exhibitions, showcases and events. British talent was very much in evidence, but everything I saw really brought home to me the fact that, in the future, isolating ourselves can only be a bad thing, guaranteed to stifle genius, originality and vision.
While in Italy, I also had the pleasure of connecting with many of my fellow editors from the 24 other global editions of ELLE Decoration, sharing ideas and insights, celebrating and cementing our position as the world’s biggest interiors magazine brand – collectively, we sell more than two million issues a year! We also handed out our coveted annual awards to the industry’s most innovative products and designers.
I returned home determined to put together an issue that would be focused on international greatness, while still championing all things British. Quite a big challenge, but hopefully you’ll appreciate our Global Design special, including coverage of our worthy award winners, alongside the absolute best in international architecture, the hottest hotel interiors and cutting-edge design boutiques around the world.
Plus, as our minds turn to the prospect of holiday escapes in sunnier climes, I was also keen that all of this month’s exceptional homes would be available to rent, so that, in theory, any of us could live the ELLE Decoration dream – even if just for a week or two this summer.