The postpandemic state of the office is a topic that has launched a thousand op-eds. Responses have varied between professions: For some, workers may never return to the offices they knew in the before times; for others, they never left. With a focus on what designers can do to enhance these spaces of creativity and collaboration, this issue of AN Interior takes a deep dive into the project type. We present a range of case studies, from Lake|Flato’s reimagining of its longtime office in downtown San Antonio to Karamuk Kuo’s delivery of a shedlike facility for archaeology outside of Basel, Switzerland. And, of course, a range of products is on display for consideration in your next workplace commission.
Following this office content, four features explore residences in California, Oaxaca, and Toronto. Each takes on the ambitions of its clients and meets them with striking proposals that turn these spaces into memorable interiors.
A major highlight of every AN Interior Fall/Winter issue is our Top 50 Architects & Designers listing. Like last year, we spotlight the best and brightest in North America through a mix of familiar names and newcomers.
At the beginning and end of the issue, a range of offerings captures a diverse set of design stories. Read about the furniture made by Office of Tangible Space and witness an interview with James and Suzan Wines about their design of a showroom for Off-White. Of particular interest are installations by Paf atelier, which creates strange and wonderful pop-up environments for fashion events, trade shows, and storefronts.
The collected work sums up another eclectic issue of AN Interior. As a publication of interiors by and for architects, we showcase efforts we think will inspire and challenge readers. The ambition is less about the comforts of luxury and more about the pursuit of expert vision. I hope you discover something unexpected on the pages that follow.