Ed's Letter

Editor's Letter - Piet Smedy

Notice anything different?

After 22 years we’re taking a bold new direction. What better way to signal that than with a striking new logo – and what better month to shake things up than January, the month when we all recharge, regroup and reflect.

‘Direction’ has become a bit of a buzz word for me. The way I see it, it’s less about trends and more about, well, directions. In my mind, the former conjures up notions of the ephemeral, subjective, even whimsical, while the latter signals a commitment to an ideology, a belief in the meaning behind one’s work – sometimes, as in the case of photographer Roger Ballen, that’s a direction 30 years in the making.

This issue is dedicated to the pursuit of discovering these design directions, and we turned to the industry’s biggest game-changers to answer one question: what next?

For Kelly Hoppen it’s graphic tiles that turn flooring into personal expression, for Peter Marino it’s evoking emotions through art and architecture and for Tiaan Nagel it’s writing your own history through your work.

Fittingly, all the houses that we feature in this issue are by local designers; from Cape Town to London, there’s a touch of SA design on every page.

We have so much to be proud of and I hope that by the end of this issue you feel the same way. Let’s build on our success,

Welcome to the new House & Garden.

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably left your end-of-year plans – where to go, what to cook, who to invite, what to gift – to the last possible minute. It’s not intentional but a symptom of the season; it’s time to take it easy, even if it is much to the frustration of more organised family and friends.

Fear not, we’ve thought of everything and it’s all in this issue.

First things first, the practical stuff. Going away over the holidays, whether it’s a mini-break or two weeks in the Maldives (if it is the latter, you’re going to love our design guide to the island country), can seriously stress out a plant parent. Turn to Gardens Editor Heidi Bertish’s practical ‘Have Plants, Will Travel’ feature and save yourself the angst and heartache of coming home to a chlorophyll graveyard.

Then there’s the eternal question: what are we going to make? Who better to answer that than this month’s cover star Lorna Maseko, whose foolproof crowd-pleasers will give you every reason to celebrate. But it’s not just about the food, as you’ll discover in ‘The Plaas Supper’, Decor Editor Edwain Steenkamp and former Condé Nast House & Garden staffer-turned-florist Estee Kershoff’s masterclass in creating a captivating table setting with dried foliage.

Of course, what would December be without gifts, right? From ‘just something small’ to the dreamiest designer pieces, you’ll find a present for everyone – yes, even thatperson – in this issue.

From our family to yours, may these holidays be your most festive yet. See you next year.

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