INCENDIARE

THERE ARE THOSE WHO RECEIVE AS BIRTHRIGHT AN ADEQUATE OR AT LEAST UNQUESTIONED SENSE OF SELF, AND THOSE WHO SET OUT TO REINVENT THEMSELVES, FOR SURVIVAL OR FOR SATISFACTION, AND TRAVEL FAR. SOME PEOPLE INHERIT VALUES AND PRACTICES AS A HOUSE THEY INHABIT; SOME OF US HAVE TO BURN DOWN THAT HOUSE, FIND OUR OWN GROUND, BUILD FROM SCRATCH, EVEN AS A PSYCHOLOGICAL METAMORPHOSIS. AS A CULTURAL METAMORPHOSIS THE TRANSITION IS FAR MORE DRAMATIC. 

EXCERPT FROM REBECCA SOLNIT'S A FIELD GUIDE TO GETTING LOST 

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ROME, ITALY SHOT BY KONACTION

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CERAMICS BY NICOLETTE JOHNSON

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FITZROY PROJECT BY SIMONE HAAG

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CARVED BRUSHES BY ARIELE ALASKO

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CERAMIC VESSELS BY NICOLETTE JOHNSON

FLUID INSCRIPTIONS

THE INSTINCT TO MARK THE PLACE ONE HAS OCCUPIED IN THE WORLD IS NOT PARTICULAR TO HUMANS.

BUT IT IS, LIKE THE VERY ACT OF COLLECTING OBJECTS, ONE OF THE IMPULSES FROM WHICH CULTURE IS BORN AND DEFINED. NONE OF US CAN RESIST ANNOUNCING OUR PRESENCE, NO MATTER HOW TEMPORAL OR HUMBLE OUR DWELLING MIGHT BE; WE WRITE OURSELVES INTO WALLS AS A WAY OF PROTESTING THE RELENTLESSNESS, THE UNCARINGNESS, OF TIME. 

-HANYA YANAGIHARA

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CANE SHELVING SOURCE UNKNOWN 

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THE DIAMOND CENTER

IT IS AS IF A LARGE DIAMOND WERE TO BE FOUND INSIDE EACH PERSON. THE DIAMOND HAS A THOUSAND FACETS, BUT THE FACETS ARE COVERED WITH DIRT AND TAR. IT IS THE JOB OF THE SOUL TO CLEAN EACH FACET UNTIL THE SURFACE IS BRILLIANT AND CAN REFLECT A RAINBOW OF COLORS. THE ONLY DIFFERENCES AMONG PEOPLE ARE THE NUMBER OF FACETS CLEANED. BUT EACH DIAMOND IS THE SAME. EACH IS PERFECT. 

-DR. BRIAN L. WEISS 

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PUDDLE VIA TETRA

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MUSLIM RITUAL DURING THE HAJJ VIA IGNANT

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MOROCCAN VILLA BY STUDIO KO

IDENTITY

I LIVE IN A COUNTRY THAT HAS ALWAYS STRUGGLED WITH IDENTITY. THE UNITED STATES IS INCREDIBLY YOUNG IN COMPARISON TO THE CULTURAL DEPTHS OF THE REST OF THE WORLD, AND I WANT TO USE INTERIOR SPACE AS A WAY TO TELL THE STORY OF OUR DIVERSE HERITAGE. WHEN A PERSON EXPERIENCES A SPACE THERE SHOULD BE NO PRETENSES. IT IS AN AMALGAMATION OF INFLUENCES ACROSS THE WORLD THAT EXEMPLIFY DIVERSITY AND UNITY. IT'S TIME WE FIND HOPE AMONGST THE HAZE AND BRING IT INTO THE LIGHT.  

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ASSUAGE

TAME THE SAVAGENESS OF MAN AND MAKE GENTLE THE LIFE OF THIS WORLD. 

- ROBERT KENNEDY

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800 A.D. STEPS OF CHAND BAORI VIA MY TINY ATLAS

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LA MACCHIA BEACH CLUB VIA VOGUE LIVING

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ERODE SOAPS BY UMÉ STUDIO

LA FEMME

WITH A RECENT RISE IN FEMALE REPRESENTATION, GENDER NEUTRAL INTERIORS WITH A SLIGHT KNOD TO FEMME HAVE PIQUED MY CURIOSITY. SET AMONGST NOIR INSPIRED BACKDROPS, THESE FEMININE DETAILS BRING A SENSE OF DELICATE BALANCE AND ORDER TO THE SPACE. WITHOUT THEM, THE room WOULD BE cold AND COLORLESS. 

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VIA BULLSHIRT 

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UNTIED ROOFTOP BAR SYDNEY BY TECHNE ARCHITECTURE

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AWAKE

WE NEED TO HOPE FOR THE REALIZATION OF OUR OWN DREAMS, BUT ALSO TO RECOGNIZE A WORLD THAT WILL REMAIN WILDER THAN OUR IMAGINATIONS. 

- REBECCA SOLNIT

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CARRARA MARBLE MINE IN ITALY BY BERNHARD LANG

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RESTORATION OF PI DES CATALA BY MARIA CASTELLO MARTINEZ

SURRENDER

IMPERFECTION TAKES LONGER THAN PERFECTION. GREAT DESIGN DOESN'T CHOOSE BETWEEN THE OLD AND NEW: IT COMBINES THEM, AND FROM IT IS BORN SOMETHING ELSE, SOMETHING OUT OF TIME ALTOGETHER. 

-INTERIOR ARCHITECT VINCENZO DE COTIIS + WRITER HANYA YANAGIHARA

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DAR KAWA BNB MARRAKECH

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PHILLIPE STARCK'S ROSEWOOD SAO PAOLO VIA INTERIOR DESIGN MAG

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LIJIANG, CHINA VIA ELECTRIFY MAG