INVITING JOY

In the last hundred years at least one, and probably several, architects subscribed to the idea that the house is a machine for living. Le Corbusier made this idea famous and modeled his stark, utilitarian spaces after it. However, looking back on my own home experience, it is anything but the systematic functions a home holds court for that stay with me to define what ‘home’ is. Dancing with Mom and Dad in our huge kitchen blasting music, free falling on my rope swing, snuggling on the couch with kitties and a blanket, becoming lost in play for hours in my playroom – all these superfluous moments were home to me. Our home welcomed joyous moments. While they weren’t necessary for survival, t

What is True Luxury?

I’m a child of the 80’s, saturated in materialism from the beginning. In life, first toys, then clothes, then houses and cars became benchmarks of identity and perhaps success. One of my early obsessions was to get to the bottom of what made an object or place so great. I wondered, could the intrinsic value be weighed against any set of natural laws? Surely greatness had order. The answer I arrived at wasn’t original, and it’s the one I stuck with. Nature, it seemed, couldn’t be trumped. Sunsets, flowers, crickets chirping, tropical fish? You just can’t buy that. In design this morphed my approach to be more subversive and align all the resources of time, money and material to highlight

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