So whoop, whoop, the New Year has been around for a few days already. December was a flurry of arms, legs, writing, styling, sub editing, online publishing and plotting future endeavours. I became too wired to sit down if I didn’t have to, and I could simply not manage to find the time to update my blog as often as I prefer.
But today I received heads up that my beloved home office is on the blog of San Franciscan interior designer and artist Shannon Kaye, and I love this kind of publicity. Everyone has an opinion about interior design, it’s one of the many reasons I love it so. Interior design matters. Here’s proof:
See Exhibit A, the link to Shannon Kayes post. Here’s the screenshot:
Creating a home is a basic need, and even if we don’t agree on which style is best (I am right and you are wrong, but other than that, no worries), we all desire a home that serves us as good as can be.
From time to time I run into people who think we should care about more important stuff, like the current refugee crisis. Of course – and we all care about that! But it is in fact possible to have more than one thought in our heads at the same time.
Being creative is not frivolous activity. For Exhibit B, I present you my favourite fake Churchill-quote, a quote which supposedly emerged in the darkest hours of World War II. It has Churchill responding to a plan to cut money for the arts to fund the war effort by saying:
Then what are we fighting for?
Since it is a fake quote I shall not dwell on it more than necessary, but instead present you with the compelling interiors created by mostly poor squatters as Exhibit C, this photography book by buzzworthy Dutch architectural photographer Iwan Baan:
The Tower of David/Torre de David, is the story of a failed architecture project in the city of Caracas in Venezuela. This was supposed to become a prestigious bank building, but was left unfinished. And so about 3000 squatters from city slum areas took it over, creating super interesting interiors with not very much or no means at all.
Because we all care about our homes and want them to be as appealing to us as can be, whatever that may mean for each one of us individually.
Check out this Youtube-film about Torre de David, it is only 5 minutes long:
You may also recognize Torre de David from the (brilliant) TV-show Homeland, it was where Sergeant Brody was held captive in Season 3:
And as an end note I am en train de making online classes on interior styling. The first version is in Norwegian, and let me tell you that the response to it has been beyond my wildest dreams. It definitely counts as the final Exhibit D:
In a matter of only a few short days, more than 200 people signed up for the free test lessons I created, and the feedback I get is extremely useful for deciding what I will present in the first set of finished classes. Of course interior design matters to us! Watch this space.