New beginnings

The holiday season demands reflection over the events, personalities and milestones that made 2007 an impressive year in design.

COMMENT, Design

With the risk of sounding like a clichéd Christmas card copywriter, the holiday season demands a brief moment of reflection over the events, personalities and milestones that made 2007 an impressive year in design.

The year opened up with an array of glittering international shows and exhibitions that included Imm Cologne, Domotex Hannover and Frankfurt's Heimtextil and Ambiente exhibitions. Industry insiders concur that Spring's Salone del Mobile in Milan was the fitting climax of the show calendar with a positivity displayed among the exhibitors and visitors that had been in short supply a year before. The Euro's hopeful resuscitation coupled with the scarcity and prices of natural raw materials were seemingly forgotten issues in the upbeat optimism that prevailed at the show.

My own highlights have to include the distinguished designers and colourful characters that I've had the good fortune to interview this year. Speaking with three of the design world's most influential women: Khuan Chew; Trisha Wilson, and in this issue Andrée Putman, has been an incredible privilege. This has been matched solely by the opportunities I've been afforded to take a peek at some of the most coveted regional designs still on the drawing boards.

As the editor of this magazine, I am often invited by my friends and colleagues in the industry to their studios, and to catch a glimpse of their works in progress. Note - No three words strike as much of a dull thud in the enthusiastic heart of a journalist as the phrase "off the record" does, and yet you all still persist in using it in almost every meeting I have! If only I could have filled the pages of this magazine with the pictures of opulent palaces; secretive stage one designs for the next super-hotel, or the industry gossip that would have the most ardent hack blushing.

This is actually my last issue as editor of CID as my own ‘design project' has been under construction for almost nine months now, and handover is imminent, so as I prepare to take a step back from Commercial Interior Design and swap news for nappies and case studies for cartoons, I would like to thank you all.

Over the last two years this magazine has grown in readership and circulation and that's purely down to the calibre of projects and people I have been able to feature thanks to you, the designers, proudly parading your mood boards; walking me through construction sites pointing out where your water features are going to be and talking candidly about what life as an interior designer is really like in the Emirates. I wish you all a happy and prosperous 2008 filled with much glitz, glamour and ground-breaking design and I look forward to seeing all your future projects unveiled...

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