This delightful little book sparked a long and meaningful discussion between my group members ( Jackie, Rachel Pound, Jovanna, Gabe) and I. Right off the bat we decided the overall concept for the book was: "Who Am I to say what is beautiful or not?" I think a lot this statement a lot and twist it to also look at the sense of why should something being considered what it is..just because somewhat else thought that is how it should be? I think that a lot of times we get comfortable with the way things are or appear and because of that comfort level we determine that that is the correct or perfect way it should be therefore making it beautiful.
These are some of the factors that people take into consideration for calling something beautiful:
- lack of ornament
One of my favorite quotes from the book is found on page 107: "Our love of home is in turn an acknowledgement of the degree to which our identity is not self determined. We need a home in the psychological sense as much as we need one in the physical:to compensate for a vulnerability." I think this statement is so true and so important to anyone in the field of design and architecture. This quote is so true. It sparked up a discussion in our group about Poetics of Space and how in the beginning Bachelard is talking about how children remember the houses the lived in. We talked about how different the responses are that come from children who have different emotional backgrounds portray their home when asked to draw it. The neglected child might draw a tiny, dark, little home that they like not to think about while a child coming from a home with happy experiences will draw a big bright house with a sun overhead and special details like doorknobs and fireplaces. The psychological aspects of interiors is so important and is a huge reason why we do what we do.