Wednesday | Words
Le Corbusier coined this phrase in his 1923 design manifesto Towards a New Architecture. The phrase and the book became defining elements of the then up and coming modernism movement. I agree with Le Corbusier, but then again I don’t. A house should serve its owner in the same way you would expect your car, iphone, or any other machine to. It should be efficient and carefully thought out to help those who live in it be their best selves. As we know with strict modernism, however, Le Corbusier’s “machine” would likely exclude any ornamentation or superfluous design elements in the home. And, of course, this is where I disagree. Decorative elements are an essential part of the machine, especially if you want your machine of a home to help you live your most inspired and in tuned life.