Design today is an international affair that is rapidly blossoming into a delerious long-term relationship. Designer regularly hop on planes to Paris for Maison et Objet, to Milan for Salone Internazionale del Mobile, to New York for ICFF and to myriad exhibits and summits in such far flug locales as Copenhagen, Maastricht, Basel, Stockholm, Hong Kong, India and St. Petersburg.
Why all this fashionable globetrotting? It is not just for the air miles. Designers seek out what is new, what is authentic and what is spurring design in provocative directions. After all, designers think differently about design in different parts of the world. They draw inspiration from their unique cultural traditions, and their use of color, texture and craftmanship reflects that diversity.
After venturing into the international arena, one cannot help but see one’s own design landscape with fresh eyes.