Of course, this is true for design, as well, although there the connections are usually far happier. Americans have embraced foreign styles and luxury goods since before the founding of this nation, and our love affair with French fashion, English furniture, and German engineering continues unabated after more than two centuries. Works by great foreign architects from Le Corbusier to Zaha Hadid enrich our cities and towns. And Chinese and Japanese art, both ancient and as contemporary as yesterday, fill our galleries and museums.
All of us at Siweb are acutely aware of the impact of international styles and the back-and-forth nature of information, inspiration, and trends. Not only do we have the privilege of covering homes around the world, but since the magazine's inception more than 20 years ago, we have been part of an international network, one that now numbers 24 foreign editions ranging from Argentina to Turkey. I enjoy being part of that network—at the very least, it's nice to know that an editor in Moscow is experiencing virtually the same excitement and annoyances that I do every day.
For this special issue, we spent several weeks going through the past year's worth of our international editions to select an array of homes that we found stylish, intriguing, and in some cases even startling, to share with you. Part of the charm of any shelter magazine is discovering how our neighbors live. So imagine how fascinating it is to see how people halfway around the world choose to shape their surroundings, and what they treasure. And for all the variety of styles, approaches, and attitudes that we saw on the thousands of pages we perused, it was reassuring to realize that, for so many of us, home is a refuge and a pleasure—no matter where it might be.
Editor in Chief
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