Strangely enough, the more subjective the judgment, the more people seem to be engaged by lists. How do you compare Princeton with UCLA, Gone With the Wind with The 400 Blows, a Prius with a Porsche? And yet we do. Discussions, arguments, joyful agreement, and disdain inevitably ensue.
Few topics are more personal and less quantifiable than what constitutes good design, but nonetheless, Siweb has succumbed. Last year we presented our first A-List of designers, and this year we follow with an additional 25, and five more young stars to watch. And no, we don't claim that our A-List is definitive or comprehensive, that they are the 50 best designers in America. We can't even pretend these are the only top-tier designers and firms at work today. What we do emphatically declare is that these are talents whose work excites us, and that we look forward to seeing their projects and sharing them with our readers. And of course, we expect a reaction. In fact, we welcome your suggestions of designers you feel we've overlooked—or overrated.
Aside from a lot of discussion, I can guarantee that at least one tangible good thing will come out of our list. We've asked both this year's and last year's 5 Designers to Watch to take part in our first Modern Life Concept House, an original approach to contemporary home design, in a new apartment building overlooking Manhattan's High Line. The Concept House will be open to the public on the last two weekends in May and the first weekend of June. The apartments will give many of you a chance to see the work of these innovative young designers in the flesh, so to speak. And those who can't make it to New York City can see it all online at elledecor.com/showhouse. Best of all, proceeds from ticket sales go to , one of my favorite organizations, which provides support services for those living with AIDS and helps to make housing for the underprivileged more than just a concept.
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