What Fire Cannot Destroy

What Fire Cannot Destroy

“Those bygone workmen did not serve, they worked. They had an absolute honor, which is honor proper. … A tradition coming, springing from deep within the [French] race, a history, an absolute, an honor, demanded that this chair rung be well made. Every part of the...
A House: A Permanent Monument

A House: A Permanent Monument

“A magnificent man will also furnish his house suitably to his wealth, for even a house is a sort of public ornament, and will spend by preference on those works that are lasting, for these are the most beautiful.” Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics At root wealth always...
Seeking Out Beautiful Things

Seeking Out Beautiful Things

“Beautiful art can only be produced by people who have beautiful things about them, and leisure to look at them.” John Ruskin Beauty has a unique place in human life. One of the most fascinating aspects of beauty is how there are different kinds of it. There is the...
The Bathroom: Remembering Differences

The Bathroom: Remembering Differences

“We imagine solid unlockable doors to the bathing room as a whole; perhaps swinging doors to establish the fluidity of the area; and then opaque glass doors or curtains on the shower stall; a simple door for the toilet stalls—this is the most private spot; and an open...
The Living Room: A Place for Formality

The Living Room: A Place for Formality

“Unless the spaces in a building are arranged in a sequence which corresponds to their degrees of privateness, the visits made by strangers, friends, guests, clients, family, will always be a little awkward… [speaking of the custom in Peru…] Formal friends, such as...

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