Ilse Crawford | Hierarchy of Needs
I just began one of Ilse Crawford's earlier books, Home Is Where the Heart Is, and let me tell you, though the title is a bit cheesy, the content is pure genius. I'm only a few pages in and I feel like I need to write down every other sentence to remember it forever. In this particular tome, Crawford discusses Abraham Maslow's famous hierarchy of needs in terms of how they can be achieved within to the modern home. Our twenty first century "needs" (wifi, leisure, etc.) have mushroomed far beyond those Maslow spoke of. Crawford asserts that maybe the essential needs can be addressed through the home so that our more trivial desires don't spin out of control and end up consuming us. She writes, "Interior decoration might seem a rather superficial place to start addressing the soul; but, after all, we have to start somewhere."
One of the basic needs of Maslow's pyramid is safety. We feel safe as humans primarily through shelter, which is of course the essence of interior design. Crawford explains that we experience the world most acutely through contrast (food tastes much better after having fasted). Therefore, in order to feel shelter and safety in an unadulturated way, we must connect with nature more often, in order to gain a sense of its opposite. You don't have to sleep in the woods, per se, but a meal or two outdoors every now and then will make a difference.