From the Editor
Acceleration is something myself and the team have discussed a lot in this post-Covid world we find ourselves. It seems contradictory that during a period of lockdown, when so much of life completely stopped, other elements in the background – which were always present – were speeding up, evolving and adapting in reaction to the circumstances and social upheaval that followed in the wake of the virus. Whether that’s been how we approach working remotely, the uptake of video conferencing or shopping online, in many fundamental ways our lives are changing and changing rapidly.
The aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the Black Lives Matter protests are cases in point, too. Systemic racism is sadly nothing new and the design world has been woefully slow to counter it and tackle discrimination, lack of diversity and inclusivity.
At ELLE Decoration we pledge to be part of a very urgent change. In our ‘A-Z of Now’ section, we profile young creative Mac Collins, a talented designer maker, but also a committee member of campaign group Design Can, which is spearheading the drive to make this an industry of people of all backgrounds, abilities, ages and identities. It’s powerful work and we look forward to supporting them going forward.
In this spirit, our entire issue is dedicated to change, to looking forward, acknowledging our faults and making positive steps for the better, whether that be in our homes or the way we live our lives.
Also, historically, the August edition is where we explore the exciting trends and novelties revealed at the design world’s biggest global event, Milan’s Salone del Mobile, which takes place every April. In spite of it being cancelled this year, we still wanted to celebrate and support our dear friends, brands and outstanding talent found in Italy, so we came up with a 21-page celebration of the country’s design scene.
The phrase ‘Andrà tutto bene...’ (everything’s going to be alright) has become a powerful slogan and call to action during the pandemic in Italy. For the few months we have been working on this issue, and throughout the monumental changes that have taken place in that time, the saying has been at the forefront of my mind and has kept me going. Let’s all remember it as we step into this brave new world…
In this month’s issue you’ll find…
- Our big A-Z guide to the future of decorating, design and more
- 40 ways to shop the Nineties revival look
- Innovative ideas for smart social distancing
- Bold, boundary-breaking homes from around the world
- Dotty prints, mythical patterns and fabulous rugs
- The special 21-page Italian design special
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