Cindy Allen -- Interior Design, 2/1/2010 12:00:00 AM
Pity I never owned a Mustang, a Corvette, or any other muscle car. If I had, I could really compare thrills, because our February issue is a joyride through the design "now" as intense as any high-speed chase I've ever. . .well, watched on the big screen. Seriously, though, these pages cover a lot of mileage on both the superhighway and local streets. If you were as into checking out license plates as I am, I'd first call your attention to Texas, as Houston-based Lauren Rottet sends her crew all the way to New York to set up a new office and give a dowager hotel a fashion-forward makeover. Then imagine the California plates, all sunsets and palm trees, parked in the carport under Xten Architecture's addition to a '60s ranch. Marcel Wanders obviously observed no speed limits when he furnished a futuristic house in Majorca. For those who prefer to drive on the left-hand side of the road, try navigating the 1,000 miles from Clive Wilkinson's mega bank headquarters near Sydney harbor to the outback town of Barcaldine, where architect friends Brian Hooper and Michael Lavery built a memorial to a eucalyptus tree.
Finally, giving the vehicular thingy a rest, let me remind you, as I should do more often, to check the source lists at the end of our stories carefully, and follow up. This month's materials and technologies are amazingly innovative, and the breadth of categories covered is at its very widest, netting you a very large haul to work with indeed.
It's time to gear up again, my friends. And zoom.