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1. Ambrose Clancy,
Smart Strategies
As the world begins reopening after pandemic
closures, Ambrose asserts he has been extra careful
about following health safety protocols. "Most of
the people in my region have done the same; plus,
state and local governments have provided excellent
guidance and leadership," he says. "I hope people-
no matter what they do or wherever they are-stay
vigilant." On a professional level, Ambrose is
ever-vigilant whenever he researches the subject
matter for his articles in i+D, including his piece
for this issue in which he offers ways designers can
secure their financial health (p. 18). He explains:
"Speaking with consultants about surviving
through the economic catastrophe and making
their businesses recession-proof for the future,
I was struck by the advice from Sean Low to focus
on clients who can pay more for more high-end
work. Also, Michele Williams voiced the idea that
designers have to realize that, as business owners,
their creativity doesn't make them unique and
that 'business is business'-and they should learn
and follow best practices to manage a successful
company." Ambrose was also impressed when
interviewing Manpreet Kalra, who stressed the idea
of "always being nimble" and advised designers to
consider that a large majority of people are now at
home most of the time and require support of their
design needs in their home environment.
2. Jessica Goldbogen Harlan,
Safe Havens
In our new socially distant environment, Jessica
believes design will play an important role "in not
only our physical health and safety, but also our
mental health." She notes, "Designers are already
working on beautiful solutions to help us social
distance in a way that seems natural instead of
forced and makeshift." Although she is eager for

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things to get back to normal, she concedes that she
does worry about being in crowded or high-touch
places. "I think I won't feel 100-percent safe being
out in public until there is an effective vaccine,"
she says. With respect to her article on wellness
resorts and retreats (p. 26), Jessica enjoyed learning
about the creative ways properties have been able
to use their existing spaces to ensure the safety of
their staff and clientele, such as "using outdoor
space for dining or treatment areas, and creating
treatment suites within a spa so a client can enjoy
all of the services and amenities without having
to move around into different areas," she notes.
Earlier this year, Jessica and her family jumped
on the pandemic puppy bandwagon and adopted
a rescue mutt that "has been a bright spot," she
admits, "and has made it more fun for my kids
to go hiking, kayaking, and do other outdoor
activities, which seem like the only safe pastimes
this summer!"
3. Michele Keith,
In Good Health
In conversations with the designers for her article
on fitness centers and day spas (p. 34), Michele
found that "they are in the forefront, really ahead
of the game." She says, "They took the pandemic
seriously from the start and immediately reacted
with research and creative solutions for their
projects. From designing attractive yet functional
barriers, to carving out more space, to finding
appropriate materials to use, they are making these
changes agreeable to people, as well as making
them feel safe and secure." Michele adds that she
was surprised at how designers have been creating
interiors targeted to a specific customer and taste,
"especially for the fitness centers-nothing was
half-way." However, she admits she does not plan
to return to her own gym until a vaccine is
available. "I'm afraid I don't have sufficient



confidence that everyone will do the right thing
when they're there, even though my neighbors are,
on the whole, a rules-following, mask-wearing
bunch." While more homebound, Michele has
been buying online and has since become a pro.
She says, "The good news is that almost everything
is returnable, and the sellers are truthful about
delivery dates and delays and even suggest canceling
orders if I really can't wait." But, she affirms,
"I'll be happy when stores and showrooms get
back to normal."
4. Anna Zappia,
Wellness in the New Workplace
One of Anna's favorite activities is attending
exhibits to experience couture up-close and in
person-a pursuit she has missed most during
the lockdown. And, as public venues start to
reopen, she says she hopes that "we can continue
to maintain respectful distances and wear our masks
as needed." She adds, "It has been surreal in
New York City during this time, but most of us
seem to be doing our part so we can all stay healthy
and resume some sense of normalcy. New Yorkers
pull together when there's a crisis and look out for
one another, and it's one of the things I love most
about the City." Of course, wellness during any
time is top of mind, but Anna's article on wellness
in the new workplace (p. 40) reveals how designers
are investigating myriad ways to fulfill their clients'
expectations. "I thought most of the interviewees
would only want to talk about new products or
the latest designs," she recalls. "I was surprised
to learn how much research is being conducted.
We discussed how important connection and
collaboration is among employees, and how that
contributes to our sense of physical and mental
wellbeing in the workplace. These experts agreed
that the human factor will be the key to thriving
again as we head back to the office."

Image 1: Kirk Condyles/Image 2: Erin Brauer/Image 3: Andrew French/Image 4: Anna Zappia

In this issue of i+D, our authors provide insight on many
aspects related to wellbeing: financial health, personal
indulgences, exercise and activity, and concerns about
re-entering the workplace. Their research and resources
provide helpful direction-as well as some surprises-as
they themselves do while continuing to navigate their own
new normal. -Linda K. Monroe

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