Back from the World with
THE GREAT AMERICAN ESSAYIST AND PLAYWRIGHT, T.S.
Eliot, once wrote, “We shall not cease from exploration, and the
end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and
know the place for the first time.” Over the last several months,
ASID has traveled the world and explored new partnerships, new
products, and new ways to engage with the interior design community around the globe. We are taking advantage of the great
energy and opportunity presented by international events and
employing that energy to advance the profession of interior
design, right here at home.
In early October, ASID was part of a North American contingent invited to visit Marmomacc, the world’s largest event
dedicated to the natural stone business and culture, held in Verona,
Italy. ASID members were introduced to more than 1,500 companies from 55 countries and began to develop the relationships that
will help to create important new business development opportunities and partnerships for our members.
In mid-October, I traveled with Sandy Gordon, national
chair, to Gwangju in the Republic of Korea for the International
Federation of Interior Architects/Designers (IFI) International
Design Congress (IDC), one of the world’s most important gatherings of interiors professionals. The IDC provided a forum for
debate on global issues and the ways in which interior designers
can more actively participate in seeking solutions to the ongoing challenges facing us all. The IDC event fully aligned with the
Society’s strongly held principle that design has the transformative
power to change lives for the better.
In late October, ASID was again honored to be part of the North
American contingent invited to attend HOST Fair in Milan, Italy,
where we made new international connections and began to create
partnerships that will benefit our members and advance the industry.
And in November, Sandy Gordon and I had the pleasure of
accepting the prestigious Institution Award on behalf of ASID
at the Premios Macael Awards in Macael, Spain. Hosted by the
Asociación de Empresarios del Mármol de Andalucía (AEMA),
the Institution Award recognizes a professional organization that
strengthens the presence of Spain’s stone industry across the globe.
ASID was nominated for this award by our close friend and partner, Cosentino. Partnerships, like the one we enjoy with Cosentino,
provide a platform that drives forward-thinking creativity and
meaningful conversation for residential and commercial spaces,
both domestically and internationally. You can check out photos
from our international travels, as well as the key domestic events
happening around the industry this past fall, in the “Photo Op”
section on page 50.
Whether abroad or back in the United States, it’s always interesting to see the impact of design playing out across cities and
neighborhoods. In Brian Libby’s cover story, “The Other City of
Light,” page 20, we see how designers and architects are maximizing natural light in a city known as much for gray weather as for its
The projects you read about in Libby’s piece don’t happen without a complex mix of expertise from various disciplines. Leah Grout
As we reflect on this season of busy travel, hopefully, as T.S. Eliot
points out, we know ourselves all the better for it, as we get back to
where we started. The journey will help us continue to pursue opportunities for collaboration and consultation, both internationally and
domestically, and will bring back the benefits of an expanded world-view to our members, wherever they live, work, and play.
Randy W. Fiser