Many of us wish away January into warmer days and spring flowers, dismissing it as too bleak, too boring, too sad.
But I sing the song of winter. I want it to last just a bit longer. I crave the deep blue sky at dusk, the sun burning down in a streak of red, the bend of sinewy branches against the dim. I demand a log fire, Netflix by candlelight, misty mountains, and breath in the cold. I have a January romance. There is nothing like winter to ground you, wake you, bring you back to this moment. To remind you, quite sharply, that you are alive.
January offers a pause, an opportunity to reset our minds and intentions for the year, to reflect on the people who influence us, the desires that drive us, the objects that surround us.
For the Pinner family, objects are the crux of their new year and business venture Broaden Goods, born of their travel to Morocco and a collective desire to personally connect with its artisans and bring their wares to an online marketplace (see “Faraway Home,” page 86). From textiles and basketry to leather and ceramics, like the beautiful Fassi Heritage Bowl on our cover, Broaden Goods are hand-made and imbued with a sense of place, history, and culture. The Pinner brothers, Nathan and Brian, and their wives, Katelyn and Tessa, chose Broaden as the name, which is more like a directive: to look beyond your world, widen your view, and gain a better understanding of your own life with a renewed perspective.
January stuns with crisp-clear clarity: brilliant sunshine; an unexpected snowfall; steam curling from a mug. Be thankful for this month—its beauty and silence, and its opportunity to reflect, whether outside or in.
Blair Knobel, Editor-in-Chief
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Jivan and Kathryn Davé styled and photographed our January cover. “A wide, open bowl spilling over with satsuma oranges—the picture of openness and abundance felt like the perfect salute to a new year.”