ELLE Decoration (UK) - - Contents -

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.

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