After a long, long time inside, this issue represents the first we’ve made since re-entering the world (and airplanes).

For this issue I traveled to Paris for Maison&Objet and a home tour of artist Julien Berthier, Milan for Supersalone, Monterey for Car Week, and Iowa for a test ride with the new Ford Bronco.

The travel was thrilling and terrifying at moments—I did most of these trips with my newborn daughter in tow. (Ask me about infants and jet lag sometime, preferably over an armful of cocktails…) I have a newfound respect for juggling life with a newborn, and was eager to learn from Kusheda Mensah about how she’s managing parenthood and work.

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Overall, though, being back out in different creative communities was massively rejuvenating. Sixtysix is a magazine about people and places, and without being able to report on stories in person, I feared our work could too easily slide into the chaos of the digital ether. It’s hard, if not impossible, to consistently find something special, inspirational, motivating, when the world is fed to you strictly via pixels.

But being back out in the world, seeing shows, exhibitions, studios, delivered the energy I was missing, an energy we’ve tried to pack into every page of this beautiful edition of Sixtysix—our largest ever. We spent an afternoon in the lead singer of Japanese Breakfast’s Adirondacks’ getaway, we talked notebooks and painting with Caroline Kent in Chicago, and we fell in love with every dusty corner of Apparatu’s ceramic studio outside of Barcelona. Their incredible workplace (as seen on the cover) has become part factory, part ingenious workshop.

It’s also an issue that, oddly, has a lot of smells and tastes associated with it for me, from the exhaust fumes from the track at Laguna Seca to the first sip of an icy Aperol spritz after a long day of viewings and meetings in Milan.

This issue of Sixtysix also brings together a fantastic group of contributors from around the globe, from Shanghai to Switzerland. We’ve quite literally roamed the earth to find the most interesting products, places, and people out there. It’s been a long time since we’ve all been together; I think we’re overdue for a visit.

Be safe, but get outside!

Sixtysix Issue 07 is out now. You can buy one or subscribe to the magazine to pick up a copy.

Chris Force is the editor-in-chief of Sixtysix.

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