I’ve had a lot of titles in my life: Designer, Business Owner, TV Host. And now, I’m adding Guest Editor to that list – thanks to my recent work curating the design and mental health issue of SAND Magazine.
I’ve been a fan of Maapilim – a line of men’s grooming products- for quite some time, so when the opportunity came along to be the first guest editor of their lifestyle magazine, SAND, I didn’t hesitate. Especially since this issue is dedicated to the intersection of design and mental health, two areas that I’m truly passionate about. Being able to educate and share my insights on how design can not only improve your life but also enhance your personal well-being, is an important task that I’m happy to take on. And today, I’m showing you exactly how the issue came to be, what’s inside, and how your space can help improve your mental health.
Keep scrolling to see the inspiration for the issue, behind the scenes of the photoshoot, and shop my favorite Maapalim products – and the design and mental health issue of SAND.
How It All Came TOGETHER
In addition to their line of stylish (and effective) grooming products, Maapilim also produces SAND, a magazine dedicated to men’s well-being and contemporary culture. After publishing 5 issues centered around everything from creativity to wellness to gender, the founders approached me with an idea to be the first guest editor- and share my own perspective on design and mental health.
And since Maaplim places a focus on producing products that not only look good, but also help enhance your personal wellness, I knew they were the ideal outlet for me to partner with, and show how our interiors can shape how we experience life.
Shop Bobby’s Favorite Maapilim Products
Behind The Scenes Of The Photoshoot
To create the cover image and other content for the issue, myself and my creative team (trust me, it takes a whole team to make me the magic happen) safely came together for a photoshoot. Keeping in mind the clean aesthetic of the Maaplilm brand, and my own personal style, we created a number of setups with neutral colors, clean lines, and textural accents (and even included a piece from my furniture line!)
What’s Inside THE ISSUE
The issue takes a deep-dive into the correlation between design and mental health, with articles, an interview (with me), and lots of inspiring images. Through color, smart design, and daily rituals, we explore how to create – and maintain – a space that enhances your mental wellbeing. Here is a detailed look at what’s inside:
- The Scent of An Embrace
The story and inspiration behind the creation of one of Maapilim’s essential oils.
- Apartment Therapy
Exploring the connection between our homes and our mental health.
- Heart Speak
Bobby discusses his personal and career growth, design philosophies, and his outlook on life.
- Walking With Chaos
How the chaos and uncertainty of 2020 is changing the way we design our homes.
- Designing Your Day
Tips to make the most of your daily routines while working from home.
- Something Sacred
Incorporating calming elements and pieces that promote serenity into your interior.
- Color Matters
Bobby breaks down the role that color plays in shaping mood – and mental health.
- A Room Of His Own
Transform your bathroom into a soothing space for self-care.
- Kitchen Memories
The positive effects of time spent in the kitchen, plus Zach’s recipe for Jackfruit Tacos.
- Room To Delight
The simple pleasures that can enhance every room in your home.
- Clean Bedroom, Clear Mind
Ways to create a calming bedroom that encourages rest and relaxation.
- Finding Your Fitness
The importance of physical health and creating a long-lasting fitness routine.
- Design For A Change
Bobby shares how design can improve our lives, and a Queer Eye makeover that made all the difference.
- Collection Of Comfort
The comforting details behind Bobby’s line for A.R.T. Furniture.
CLICK HERE to order your issue of SAND. And remember to take time for yourself, stay safe, and stay well. Lastly, I want to take the time to thank the incredible team that brought this issue to life:
Creative Direction: Brady Tolbert
Photography: Luke Austin
Grooming: Paige Davenport
Styling: Luca Kingston
and of course the incredibly talented team at Maapilim… THANK YOU!