Welcome to our December issue! Compared to previous years, we are entering the festive season on a quieter note – with extravagant parties replaced by more intimate occasions, and excess giving way to a more thoughtful appreciation of the people and things we hold dear. There are grounds for optimism and opportunities for celebrations of a different sort – and so for the final issue of the year, we present an exaltation of earthly delights, and an ode to the joys of entertaining at home.

Our newsstand cover (pictured top left) unveils an exciting new project by Swedish design studio Front, who have worked with Italian manufacturer Moroso to create a new series titled Nature Furniture. Inspired 
by studies on the therapeutic effects of time spent in nature, they decided to bring fragments of the natural world into domestic settings, utilising photography, 3D scanning, and digitally printed fabrics. Sofia Lagerkvist and Anna Lindgren from Front explain, ‘We wanted to create the feeling that someone had lifted a whole glade from a forest with a gigantic shovel and moved it to a home.’

The natural world has equally been on the minds of our Herculean US editor Michael Reynolds and photography duo Keirnan Monaghan and Theo Vamvounakis, who dreamed up underwater scenes featuring the works of ceramic artist Jeremy Anderson, co-founder of New York studio Apparatus. Originally inspired
 by Bernd and Hilla Becher’s images of industrial architecture, the statuesque forms now come to life in an immersive, coral-filled sea cave. 

Sarah Douglas, Editor-in-Chief

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