Design Renaissance




The Renaissance is remembered as a historical period of learning, innovation and creativity. It was an intrinsic backdrop to this issue – ‘Design Renaissance: The New Spirit of Home’ – as we reconsidered how we live through an open and confident expression of ideas.

Every home in this issue has seen a reimagining of sorts, becoming the site for questioning, preserving and reinterpreting the old. We see the past forge new playful paths in a Mallorca farmhouse and how history “provides a richness of experience” through the revival of a 70s San Francisco home by architecture firm Studio Terpeluk. This sentiment is shared by interior designer Jessica Helgerson, who undertook a four-year restoration of her home ‘Wild Goose Farmhouse’, just outside Portland, Oregon.

In the spirit of the Renaissance as ‘rebirth’, Melbourne interior design studio Mim Design breathe new life into an old bluestone manse through a striking alteration and addition, while architecture studio Jolson seamlessly blend architecture and interior details in a heritage extension. DISC Interiors also challenge the ordinary through their sensitive rework of a 1920s Los Angeles home.

We speak with photographer Richard Powers about his prolific archive of globally-significant houses and pay tribute to influential designers, artists and thinkers through our Playlist, Library and Style pages.

Appreciating how a home can foster a sense of reconnection for the self, we include a cross-section of the world’s best bathrooms in ‘Bathroom Blueprint’ and, at the same time, present 30 Bathroom products, fixtures, lighting, products and materials to know in 2022. Our Detail pages cultivate sanctuary using our go-to Product Library to bookend this issue.

Recognising what has been done doesn’t always have to be; this issue is a rendition of, and impetus for, a new creative era.

– Sophie Lewis, editor

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