Christmas may only be around the corner but we're already onto 2016. That is how we roll: always one step ahead. Fitting, then, that our smash hit January 2016 issue features the game-changing, future-shaping new stars of design, architecture, fashion, food, photography and more, freshly plucked just for you. (Yes, the Graduate Directory is here!) 

Aside from looking into the future of the fields of fashion, design and more, there is the kinetic art of Carlos Cruz-Diez taking centre stage (and the limited edition cover too) as his latest Couleur à L’Espace series installation prepares to open at LSM’s offices for Covington in Washington DC. 

Speaking of openings, Miami's hotly anticipated Faena District – a unique, utopian city 'for the mind that thinks in 360 degrees' – is making waves amid the rising architectural tide of the area. 

Fashion's new cast of creative directors heading up the major players lend a sartorial slant to the issue; while Bocci's brilliant new Berlin base lights up more than a few pages. As do Suzanne Redstone's light-catching sculptures and dimension-bursting artworks.

Raw talent aside, this month's Artist's Palate features man-of-the-moment Prem Sahib and his succulent – if spicy – steak tartare; a dish as cold as he is hot. 

Finishing off with a bang is the Design Awards 2016 preview, where we introduce this year's glittering judges – six creative high-achievers, as per tradition – and their contenders across 11 categories. The winners of the coveted Judges' Awards (along with an exhaustive list of the people, places and things that have rocked our world over the last year) will be revealed on 14 January, when the Design Awards issue hits newsstands. Until then, may the festive season be full of celebrations and the New Year be bright.