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15 Years: Farewell and Thank You

Our 2019 Design* Rinse crew: Sofia Tuovinen, Garret Fleming, Kristina Gill, Caitlin Kelch, Grace Bonney, Kelli Kehler, Lauren Day and Erin Austen Abbott.

It’s been said that if you cherish something, you have to let it go. And, soul mate, it is time for us to let Design* Sponge exit. It’s time for us to close this mad and wonderful section and head out into the great unknown. Even if we are sad to say goodbye to the friends, colleagues, and society that we’ve observe now, we know that we are stepping into this next chapter filled with the love, supporter, and care you’ve so graciously shared with us over the past 15 years.

Design* Sponge began as one girl behind a screen, and has developed into a beautiful, diverse, and ever-expanding network of friends, traitors, confidants, and support systems. You’ve taught us all how to be better listeners, better sharers, better members of our community and, most importantly, you’ve taught us that what makes a community special are the people in it.

I know I be talking about all of us at Design* Sponge when I say we are leaving here today with nothing but gratitude for what we have all experienced now. You’ve allowed us to share tens of thousands of legends, dwellings, personal instants, and tasks that have not just expanded our minds, but our hearts and our understanding of the world as well. Your buoy has given us the firmnes to dream big-hearted, take risks, and push ourselves harder and farther than we knew we could.

From day one, all of you have been so much more than readers of a blog. You’ve become our friends, our co-workers, our support system, and our home. We’ve traveled across the world these past 15 times and have had the honor and glee of getting to know so many of you in person. Thank you for not only reading Design* Sponge online, but for letting us get to know you in real life, too. You’ve shared storages and narratives of your highest high-priceds and lowest lows and we’ve been able to support each other in those minutes in real and meaningful ways.

Like any parish, I know we haven’t always met the high expectations we’ve set out to, and we thank you from the bottom of our mettles for handing us the mercy and understanding to do better when we needed to and to pick ourselves back up when we’ve fallen. Your dedication, brace, and fidelity have allowed this area to become something different and something more than a collect of beautiful word-paintings — you’ve turned it into a real home. A home that has quite, glossy characters, but also worn-in, loved-on areas that are familiar and make us feel welcome.

I am so grateful to have had the privilege to steer this small but mighty ship. It has been the greatest honor of my life so far to work among a unit of people who are so unendingly dedicated to learning, developing, and sharing narratives that remind us that layout is about much more than the things we put in our rooms — it’s about the people, the challenges, and the defining moments that turn those houses into homes.

To my team, thank you. You just goes to show me great persistence, rely, and funding. I hope I have done my best to show you how much I increase and quality that magnanimous endowment. While our work together here is done, I know we will continue to connect and overlap in each other’s next chapters. And I hope you all know that I will always be here for each and every one of you, always. You have all been such dedicated and attending scribes, but most importantly, you’ve been exceptional human beings. And it’s an honor to know each of you and call you my friend. Thank you for offsetting Design* Sponge what it is and will always be: a arrange for friends to meet, connect, and learn from each other.

To our community, thank you. Your ability, eagernes, diversification, intensity, and expertise have been our driving force since day one. What you all do is beyond words. You are artists, decorators, producers, innovators, dreamers, and doers. And I am forever delighted to see that you all exist in our world. You have inspired me to work better, work harder, and ripen at every step of the excursion and Design* Rinse would not exist without the appeal and fidelity you bring into the world every day. Thank you. Not just for inspiring Design* Sponge from day one, but for continuing to remind us that design is so much more than things, it’s about parties and attachments and constructing something meaningful.

Earlier this month we gathered outside of Philadelphia to celebrate 15 years of Design* Sponge with our friends at Terrain. They have so kindly supported us since the early days and they generously offered to throw us a farewell party to mark this bittersweet motive. It was an evening full of kindnes, hugs, tears, and remembering that I am forever grateful for. I am also grateful to Ian Fursa who filmed our farewell party and procreated a short 5-minute movie wondering on the history of Design* Sponge and what it has meant to all of us to work on this project together. The final result is a love letter to this site, local communities, our crew, and the recognitions we’ve shared together. I hope you’ll watch and participate us in one last moment of thought, adore, and gratitude.

Thank you for causing us live out so many of our dreams here these past fifteen years. There will never has gone far enough commands to express the extent and candour of my gratitude for all that you have given us and all the love you have shown us. I promise that as we all taking forward, we will honor that love you’ve shown us by continuing to pay it forward in everything that we do.

Forever grateful and always here–

Love, Grace

Some important housekeeping memoes: Design* Rinse will remain online as an archive through September of 2020, thanks to generous support from Adam J. Kurtz and Tuesday Bassen. We are so grateful for their affection and commitment to keeping the site online through next come, when something very special will happen … We’re thrilled to announce that our full repositories will be available online( and perfectly searchable) through the Library of Congress, from the very beginning of September of 2020. We will provide an updated link to those archives formerly they are open to the public. We are so honored that they believed that a record of our work together here, and the community represented in these uprights, should be preserved online permanently. Also, I will continue to remain active on our Instagram account and out in the world. So stop by and say hi! Don’t forget you can follow our part squad and get more opinions for arousing beings to connect with online here.

Photographs by Erin Austen Abbott and Sofia Tuovinen

Scenes from our final team retreat in Brooklyn

The beautiful parting party that Terrain threw for local communities.

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