There’s another new face at the top of a major design masthead, as John Czarnecki prepares to take the editorial helm of Contract. He will begin at the magazine, which focuses on commercial interior design, on May 23. “I want Contract to be the design professional’s go-to resource for both knowledge and design inspiration,” said Czarnecki in a statement announcing his appointment. “Readers deserve the most relevant information on design’s positive impact on an organization, as well as the practice and business of design, sustainability, evidence-based design, and material and product innovations.” His editor-in-chiefly duties will include presiding over Contract‘s Interiors Awards, now in their 32nd year, and the Designer of the Year Award (Verda Alexander and Primo Orpilla of San Francisco-based Studio O+A were this year’s winners). Trained in architecture and urban planning at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Czarnecki comes to Contract from publisher John Wiley & Sons, where he spent the past eight years as an most acquisitions editor. He was previously an associate editor at Architectural Record, where he managed the magazine’s coverage of the 9/11 disaster for the October 2001 issue, and before that, practiced architecture with two Wisconsin firms.
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