Array Magazine

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letter from the editor Dear Readers, This special issue of ARRAY celebrates the 90th anniversary of 200 Lex, and it’s a great opportunity to recall its stylish past and think about those whose shoulders we all stand on. In New York, a city that always has the latest this and that to offer, history is still very important. Everywhere you look, there are remnants of what’s come before—street names, historic sites, important buildings, and countless pieces of art. I discovered a perfect quote about history from an unlikely source—novelist Michael Crichton (author of Jurassic Park and other bestsellers). He said, “If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ” Crichton’s words perfectly express my feelings about design too. In order to realize where we’re at, we must recognize the trail we’re on and who blazed it. Jamie Drake has been a trailblazer for nearly four decades. Known for his love of bold hues, Drake’s colorful past includes one-name celebrity clients, numerous awards, and even a renovation of Gracie Mansion for Mayor Bloomberg. Our interview and Q & A with Drake reveals some of the designer’s recollections of the past but also his plans for the future (Jamie Drake New York State of Mind, p. 26). ARRAY’s own Cathy Whitlock profiles an eclectic group of folks from different disciplines, those who’ve had an enormous impact on the design world—and helped shape our view of it. Get to know six very special individuals (The Design Influencers, p. 33). And what yearbook would be complete without pages that call out the unique qualities of the people who make up our community? We provide a snapshot of various designers along with some details about what makes them so memorable. (The Year Book, p. 20). We hope these pages give you a fresh perspective on the past and a new outlook for the future. Let’s design it!

Paul Millman Editor-in-Chief

Photo by Andrew French





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