It is been explained that if you enjoy something, you have to enable it go. And, pricey mates, it is time for us to let Style and design*Sponge go. It is time for us to near this wild and wonderful chapter and head out into the terrific unfamiliar. Whilst we are sad to say goodbye to the pals, colleagues, and local community that we’ve located in this article, we know that we are stepping into this up coming chapter loaded with the adore, assistance, and care you have so graciously shared with us about the past 15 several years.
Style and design*Sponge began as 1 woman powering a screen, and has grown into a stunning, diverse, and ever-growing community of friends, collaborators, confidants, and aid methods. You’ve taught us all how to be improved listeners, superior sharers, improved members of our neighborhood and, most importantly, you have taught us that what can make a community special are the people today in it.
I know I speak for all of us at Style and design*Sponge when I say we are leaving below right now with absolutely nothing but gratitude for what we have all knowledgeable below. You have authorized us to share hundreds of tales, homes, personal times, and lessons that have not just expanded our minds, but our hearts and our understanding of the planet as nicely. Your support has presented us the bravery to desire large, just take dangers, and thrust ourselves more difficult and even further than we realized we could.
From working day one particular, all of you have been so a great deal much more than readers of a website. You have turn into our friends, our co-workers, our help systems, and our relatives. We’ve traveled across the planet these previous 15 many years and have experienced the honor and pleasure of obtaining to know so a lot of of you in individual. Thank you for not only studying Style and design*Sponge on the net, but for allowing us get to know you in actual lifestyle, as well. You’ve shared reminiscences and tales of your greatest highs and most affordable lows and we’ve been ready to aid just about every other in all those moments in real and significant means.
Like any neighborhood, I know we have not usually achieved the expectations we’ve established out to, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for offering us the grace and knowledge to do superior when we essential to and to select ourselves back up when we have fallen. Your perseverance, help, and honesty have allowed this web page to turn out to be anything different and some thing much more than a collection of beautiful pictures — you’ve turned it into a real household. A home that has quite, shiny components, but also worn-in, cherished-on pieces that are acquainted and make us feel welcome.
I am so grateful to have experienced the privilege to steer this tiny but mighty ship. It has been the greatest honor of my daily life so far to get the job done amongst a crew of persons who are so unendingly dedicated to discovering, escalating, and sharing stories that remind us that design is about considerably more than the items we set in our houses — it’s about the persons, the problems, and the defining times that switch individuals residences into houses.
To my staff, thank you. You have proven me excellent patience, believe in, and guidance. I hope I have completed my most effective to show you how much I appreciate and worth that generous reward. Whilst our function jointly right here is completed, I know we will carry on to link and overlap in just about every other’s next chapters. And I hope you all know that I will constantly be right here for each individual and every just one of you, often. You have all been this sort of committed and caring writers, but extra importantly, you’ve been exceptional human beings. And it’s an honor to know every of you and contact you my close friend. Thank you for generating Design*Sponge what it is and will always be: a area for buddies to satisfy, link, and find out from just about every other.
To our community, thank you. Your creative imagination, exuberance, diversity, power, and talent have been our driving drive given that working day one. What you all do is past text. You are artists, designers, makers, innovators, dreamers, and doers. And I am for good grateful that you all exist in our earth. You have impressed me to do greater, operate tougher, and increase at just about every phase of the journey and Structure*Sponge would not exist devoid of the beauty and honesty you convey into the earth just about every day. Thank you. Not just for inspiring Design*Sponge from day one particular, but for continuing to remind us that structure is so much a lot more than matters, it’s about persons and connections and making a thing significant.
Before this month we collected exterior of Philadelphia to rejoice 15 many years of Design*Sponge with our friends at Terrain. They have so kindly supported us considering the fact that the early times and they generously presented to toss us a farewell social gathering to mark this bittersweet situation. It was an night complete of really like, hugs, tears, and reminiscing that I am for good grateful for. I am also grateful to Ian Fursa who filmed our farewell get together and developed a limited 5-minute movie reflecting on the record of Style*Sponge and what it has meant to all of us to get the job done on this challenge jointly. The last final result is a appreciate letter to this web-site, our local community, our group, and the recollections we have shared collectively. I hope you will enjoy and be a part of us in one previous moment of reflection, appreciate, and gratitude.
Thank you for letting us reside out so numerous of our dreams below these earlier fifteen several years. There will hardly ever be sufficient words and phrases to express the depth and sincerity of my gratitude for all that you have offered us and all the really like you have shown us. I promise that as we all go ahead, we will honor that like you’ve proven us by continuing to spend it ahead in all that we do.
Permanently grateful and generally here—
Some important housekeeping notes: Style*Sponge will continue to be on the internet as an archive via September of 2020, thanks to generous guidance from Adam J. Kurtz and Tuesday Bassen. We are so grateful for their enjoy and motivation to preserving the website on-line by means of next drop, when something extremely exclusive will happen…
We’re thrilled to announce that our total archives will be obtainable on line (and fully searchable) via the Library of Congress, starting off in September of 2020. We will supply an current link to these archives once they are open up to the community. We are so honored that they believed that a record of our work collectively right here, and the neighborhood represented in these posts, ought to be preserved on line forever.
Also, I will continue to remain active on our Instagram account and out in the entire world. So quit by and say hello! Really do not overlook you can stick to our entire workforce and get much more ideas for inspiring individuals to connect with on the web in this article.
Photographs by Erin Austen Abbott and Sofia Tuovinen
Scenes from our closing team retreat in Brooklyn
The wonderful farewell get together that Terrain threw for our community.