2020 is going to be the year of change. The year of a return to basics. To craftsmanship and local production. It will be time to challenge oppressive consumerism, to go our own way and create your own dream. Far from all our current preoccupations. “When ethics rhymes with aesthetics” – this is a philosophy we like. The highly dedicated Victoria Magniant, whom we met a few years ago, has made it her battle cry. Convinced that the production and distribution systems of the past do not correspond to ecological imperatives, nor to the speed of circulation of data, ideas or even products, this young designer has decided to return to forgotten traditional solutions and to bring them up to date through technology. And since revolution is in the air even in fashion, why not look to those who are daring to make a radical change? For Alexandre Reignier, this is what it is all about. Life in a wooden house he designed and built himself. His central focus: a more sustainable way of life where we consume locally while promoting the skills and expertise of other passionate enthusiasts. The Socialite Family brand shares this philosophy. Whether it’s decoration – our colourful Torino glassware, Matteo tray and Candela candleholder are all genuine demonstrations of what upcycling can achieve – architecture or attitude, a return to the essentials has never been more timely. The popularity of natural and durable materials such as wood and stone, which we can enjoy in our homes with the simple but elegant (and cleverly stackable) Achille chair and the unmistakable mineral-topped Carlotta coffee table, is proof of this. More than a trend, but a profound societal shift, simplicity now seems to be a must. If there is to be a future, then it must be ecologically sound and responsible.