Every decently-made object, from a house to a lamp post to a bridge, spoon or egg cup, is not just a piece of 'stuff' but a physical embodiment of human energy, testimony to the magical ability of our species to take raw materials and turn them into things of use, value and beauty.
The more of your private life you put into the public domain, the smaller your private life becomes.
I don't know whether other asthma sufferers find this, but I've noticed that even when I've got my asthma under control, I often develop another problem such as an ear, chest or sinus infection and sometimes even joint pains.
I'm not too fond of really cool design. I've got quite kitsch taste really, in things like tableware. I'm quite a sucker for 1930s pressed glass.
I cannot look at modern buildings without thinking of historical ones.
We are borrowing money from future generations. We are borrowing the carbon impact, the resource impact from future generations to get stuff cheap now. We have swept the dirt and dust from our society under the carpet - but this carpet is on other side of the planet.
The thing that I champion is sustainability. My terror is that suddenly we see it as a luxury, not an essential. That's a danger.
I admire anyone that follows the road less travelled.
I hate negativity. I hate people who say the phrase 'I hate'. I really don't like the word 'hate.' Dislike, frightened of, terrified of, or yukky - but not 'hate.'
I don't enjoy living in a white box flooded with light. I like shadows, small spaces, old furniture.
One mustn't mistake bling for excellence, just as one mustn't mistake quiet for mediocre.
A great deal of energy is wasted in hating people, and I can honestly say I've no wish to expend such a precious resource on being outraged about anyone.
Life involves other people and it is a compromise.
I'm terribly fastidious. I like symmetry and neatness, but my house is as chaotic as any other family's.
Architecture was pretty much the sexiest thing to be doing from 1700-1800.
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