I HAVE SEEN THE FUTURE OF DESIGN, AND I HAVE SEEN IT IN 3D.
Is it strange to be talking about the future in this special issue, which marks the 25th anniversary of ELLE DECOR? It is no small feat to last for 25 years, especially in this digital age, when so many of our brethren once printed on paper are gone. Yet we are not merely hanging on—we are thriving. A major reason for this, of course, is you, our readers, as well as our advertisers, the designers and homeowners we feature, our fantastic photographers and stylists, and not least, our extremely talented and hardworking staff. We love what we do and are pleased that you seem to like it, too.
In looking ahead, we are actually following an ELLE DECOR tradition. Since its beginnings, this magazine has touted the new and the noteworthy, talents on the cusp, and fresh ways of thinking about how we want to live. It's a tradition established by my brilliant predecessors, Barbara Dixon, Marian McEvoy, and Margaret Russell. As much as we admire the beauty of the past and aspire to live with it, we also love to try to peer around corners to catch a glimpse of what's coming next.
This spring I was fortunate enough to see the exhibition "Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital" at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. This in-depth exploration of computer-aided design featured everything from digitally milled sculptures to 3D-printed clothing and footwear to medical devices and even jewelry. The show made abundantly clear how much the computer informs every aspect of our lives, from how we shop to the ways we interact with nature. The technology that designers can use on a daily basis is astounding. We've tried to reflect some of that excitement in our special section on the people shaping the future of design. Thanks to MakerBot, we have even done a little 3D printing of our own.
As exciting as these new technologies are, and as limitless the possibilities they unleash, it is still the spirit and talent of the individual that ultimately makes any design successful. For 25 years ELLE DECOR has been discovering, showcasing, and celebrating those talents. And we hope to do so for at least another 25.
Michael Boodro, Editor in Chief
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