The Architecture of Happiness | Object Personified
Alain de Botton writes in The Architecture of Happiness that, as humans, we are naturally drawn to anything- be it art, sculpture, architecture, furniture, or ceramics- that in some way reminds us of a living being. Mind you, it doesn't need to literally look like a human or a dog. His theory isn't as out there as it might initially seem. How often do people say they want their home to feel 'inviting'? Can inanimate objects truly give an invitation to anything? No, but their components combined, their material, structure, strength, etc, give this impression. De Botton explains, "Once we start to look, we will find no shortage of living forms in the furniture and houses around us."