Summer is all about slowing down and taking the time to appreciate what surrounds us. I happily experienced this slowdown on a recent trip with my daughter and sister to Italy and Switzerland. (And the slowdowns were not the result of work stoppages or political demonstrations. Well, maybe some World Cup fever!) I loved it all: the ornate decoration of the Vatican, the incredible architecture in Florence and the tidy gardens of Geneva.
Sure, it was hot, but I walked more than ever, spending time on trains (as opposed to planes) and exploring museums, churches, piazzas and, of course, restaurants. But nowhere did I feel more at leisure than in Venice. Floating in a gondola and quietly exploring the canals, walking over countless foot bridges and even getting lost was all wonderful. But the real advantage of this way of life, as the Italians know, is looking at things from a different point of view.
Much like my trip to Europe, the Innovation in Design (IDA) issue is something that took many months to develop. The first inkling of what the issue might look like began by calling for entries in January. Only the best were chosen in a very long day of judging in April. Entries were put to the test; project elements were discussed—and often argued over!—by the judges. In May, we honored the winners at our gala and I got to talk to each of them about their projects. For me, however, the most exciting part of this process was seeing these projects come alive for myself. In person. In slow time.
Now that the projects are photographed in all their beauty, take time to look at them. I'm sure you will be happy you did. There is real genius in the details. It's a slow time of the year—a time to savor the breadth of work, the ornate decoration, the incredible architecture, the tidy gardens. You don't need to travel to Europe to see genius unfold.
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