A New Year at Contract

By Stacy Straczynski, associate editor, Contract Magazine

Happy 2010! It’s been quite the whirlwind here at Contract as I join the editorial team as the new associate editor. (And what a great year to become part of the team—Contract is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year!)

Currently, I am working hard to get my feet wet and help my fellow editors close up a very exciting Jan/Feb issue that highlights the winners of Contract’s 31st annual Interiors Awards. While I can’t give my congratulations to the winners just yet (I wouldn’t want to spoil the surprise for all our subscribers!), I can say that I am already in awe at the great innovations and achievements these wining companies and projects represent. I look forward to officially introducing myself to many of you at our Interiors Awards Breakfast coming up at the end of this month.

I also look forward to learning more about this aesthetically fascinating and competitive industry, as I begin to cover news and product releases. One of the first items I had the privilege to write up was the debut of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill (SOM). Magnificent to behold, the eye-catching tower, which combines the perfect mix of modern high-rise with traditional Islamic culture and design, is now the tallest building in the world. Keep an eye out for my upcoming Q&A with SOM lead architect George Efstathiou, posting later this week.

In the coming days and weeks, feel free to reach out to inform me of product releases and news directly at sstraczynski@contractmagazine.com — or even just to introduce yourself. Let’s make 2010 our best year yet!

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