When a reader emailed me with a link to a photo on Instagram, I could scarcely believe my eyes. It was a photo by Gael Towey of her office at the Starett Lehigh building in Manhattan in a state of disassembly with the caption, "Almost finished packing. It's been an amazing 21 years." Towey is resigning from her post as Chief Integration and Creative Officer of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. To say I'm sad about this would be a huge understatement. Next to Martha, Gael was the most significant influence on the design and creative philosophy of the Martha Stewart brand, in all of its forms. Comments on the photo are all supportive and Gael says her last few days at MSO have been remarkable. Just last week Gael hosted journalists at her home to kick off the first annual American Made Awards with Martha in attendance. You can read about that here. I certainly wish Ms. Towey all the best in her future endeavors and I want her to know how deeply she will be missed by MSL readers and fans of the MSL brand. She is one of my greatest design heroines!
Gael Towey, right, goes over some of the Martha Stewart Living iPad features with Pilar Guzman, editor-in-chief.