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Fall 2019 | Issue 13

The sense of ease that descends as you walk into a place you consider home—whether it’s a modern city apartment, rustic mountain cabin or your grandma’s beach house—is palpable and hard to replicate. But that’s exactly what today’s top designers are trying to do: pluck the best parts of residential design and thread them seamlessly into contract and commercial projects. In this issue, we explore the trends propelling interior design forward in these spaces.

Whether it’s creating Europe’s first underwater restaurant, building an entire eatery out of cardboard or pioneering a new paradigm for seating arrangements, restaurant designers are breaking new ground.
BY Hannah Hickok
The way we work is evolving at breakneck speed. From female-focused amenities to new kinds of seating that allow workers to switch from lounging to perfect posture without a hitch, designers are rising to the challenge of creating offices that fit today’s needs.
BY Hannah Hickok
Today’s travelers have more options than ever when deciding where to stay while in transit. To remain competitive, hotels are adding thoughtful touches to keep guests checking in again and again.
BY Hannah Hickok
A determination to buck the sterile atmosphere long associated with medical-grade areas is spurring designers to transform health care facilities into spaces that are modern, playful and surprisingly beautiful.
BY Hannah Hickok
Designers are exploring how to create passenger experiences that are more private and personalized, from legroom-enhancing seat recliners to bespoke baby bassinets. Plus, here’s what to know when your high-flying clients ask you to design their private jets.
BY Hannah Hickok
Tastes on the open seas are shifting to favor minimalist decor over the ornate, interest in sustainability is slowly growing, and designers report that yacht owners are adding more bells and whistles to their floating residences than in their real homes.
BY Hannah Hickok
Design Dispatch
Michele Varian and Jay Norris are forging a path—and a platform—to revolutionize the relationship between stores and brands.
The work of renowned Bauhaus artists Anni Albers and Gunta Stölzl returns to production, just in time for the storied school’s centennial.
For its new Kravet Workspace, designed with an on-the-move clientele in mind, the fabric company delivers a fresh twist on an old-school model.
The quest for a quieter environment is no longer in vain. Design has caught up with sound-absorbing tech, offering stylish solutions so that you can enjoy the (almost) silence.
Even after ending their personal relationship, Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams kept their business partnership—and friendship—intact. That decision, and the mutual respect that undergirds it, still defines their brand 30 years after they founded it together.
One says start with a showstopper, but the other insists it’s all about harmony. Sparks fly when these Houston designers face off about the best way to approach a room—and how much to spend on it.
The Handbook
In the wake of a turbulent year for shelter magazines, we asked designers if they still value being published in print. The consensus is yes—to an extent.
Artful, sometimes esoteric design mags are a welcome counterpoint to the tropes of traditional print media.
Top PR firms advise their clients on making the most of media coverage. The game has changed in recent years—so what’s their best advice?
Though there’s no shortage of hand-wringing in the media about the future of print, these three regional books are finding new ways to connect with readers and plan for the future.

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