I like to pay attention to surprise finds that are unexpectedly interesting, things that make my whiskers twitch.
Recently, whilst in the Jerwood Gallery shop buying a birthday card I spotted Hole & Corner. I've read one other issue of the magazine and really enjoyed it, well written, beautful design, interesting articles, what more could you ask for!? So I decided to treat myself.
In it the textile designs of Martyn Thompson with their gorgeous ripply textural imagery inspired by rockpools caught my eye - despite my general allergy to patterned textiles.
In the accompanying text Thompson mentions his photographic work, particularly a book he shot for Ilse Crawford, 'The Sensual Home'. This sounded intriguing so I found a second hand copy.
Originally published in 1997 this book still feels highly relevant. Crawford focusses on home as a space occupied by us as moving feeling bodies, rather than simply a pair of eyes and advocates for the creation of spaces that are emotionally resonant and pleasingly tactile as well as thinking about how to coonect with all the other senses to produce spaces in which can can truly feel at home. She argues that materials and quality are perhaps more important than how the design looks (with an aside that many mass produced items are poorly made from cheap materials, so hand crafted goods beat them on both scores).
I enjoyed how the book looked (!) and the way in which she managed to put into words some ideas that had been floating half-formed in the back of my mind. It also crystallised for me the importance of paying attention to these matters as we put our new home together. All told a highly reccomended read.