Never has the statement from architect Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe been more on point. We look at the world around us and see our impact on the planet. So many people with so much stuff. Tonnes of disposable clothes in closets, a new car every few years, cheap disposable decore easily purchased on a whim on-line, constant advertising to consume more and more. Do we need all this stuff? What is important to us, a bunch of crap you are conned into thinking you need from instagram or a few special things that have meaning? I bet if you look around your space a few things will pop out that you really love. Things that have meaning, memories, something left to you or something you picked up during your travels even if your travels were a local artist's market. Something that took someone time and energy to produce.
As we begin this new year our need to organize and clean out the clutter takes hold. Let's think about what we put back and how we want our spaces to look as we move forward. Maybe less is more. Let's think more about quality rather than quantity. Our purchases should have meaning. There is a song circulating around Tic Tok, posts of artists showcasing their work. One of the lines goes "it cost so much cuz it takes me #$%ing hours". It's true though, quality takes time. If someone take a lot of time to produce something, they care, it has meaning. That should matter. So when you purchase something and it should speak to you. You should love it like it was loved by its creator. Then when you look around your space it will give you joy because each and every piece will matter to you. You will be less likely to "get sick of it" to want a change and the planet will thank you for it.
Lara DiCianno Assoc. AIA
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