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“THERE’S A MUCH STRONGER SENSE OF THE WAY THAT DESIGN ENRICHES THE WAY WE LIVE DAY TO DAY” Anastassiades agrees. “Zoom never really clicked with me. And the thing is, that when I walk into a space, I know exactly what’s needed immediately.” But lockdown led him to find a way to work with architects’ videoed walk-throughs, and the development – finally – of the one skill he’d never previously honed: remote working. Anastassiades talks, too, about the collapse of old hierarchies of communications. “As people spent more time online, and were on Instagram 24/7, the old barriers got broken down. It has collapsed some of the hierarchical systems and removed some of the intermediate people in a discussion. Now it’s all about direct message and WhatsApp. And actually calling people on the phone. I’m currently curating a small show at the MAK in Vienna; all the pieces are from the biggest private collection of Wiener Werkstätte work. Once this would have been organized through teams of people, now I just call the director on his mobile.” “It’s been interesting to work out how to get things done,” says Adelman, who found herself working remotely with glassmakers all over the United States for the creation of the most decorative parts of her lighting products and installations. “But makers have found so many solutions to working differently. Some were working in their living rooms, which is what I did when I was starting out. There were others making it all happen in a kitchen in Harlem, in an old woodshop in Western Massachusetts, mailing me parts from Pennsylvania.” So did it really take a pandemic to make us appreciate where we live and what we live with? It’s not completely unreasonable to think so. “Some of the 0.0001% are actually downsizing,” says Adelman, referring to some recent conversations she’s had over the past months. “Where they had four houses, they’re talking about unloading two of them, and making the remaining ones exactly what they want. They seem to be more geared to a dream place, and with a greater sense of completeness.” The founders of London’s Gallery FUMI, Sam Pratt and Valerio Capo, have even framed their latest exhibition around the importance of home. “We’ve been through the sort of changes this year,”

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