Friday, February 3, 2017

Empty Set vs. Empty Space

Latin languages' call furniture "movables". It was only in the nineteenth century that kerosene and linters, the fluffy waste from weaving cotton, enabled a room furnished with massive dormant furniture. Earlier tables and seating were light enough to move here and there to take advantage of natural light and the heat of the hearth, as was the Scandinavian modern furniture that emerged after World War Two.

I find it disheartening to set up a room for a gathering that may never happen. Aside from the emotional burden, it's a bother to clean and dust a set-up that isn't doing a thing to earn its keep. It's far more elegant to edit a room to current essentials and stash folded director's chairs in an unobtrusive corner of the house.The ubiquitous messenger bag contains the office and life support essentials that used to devour house room.

There's a sofa or sofa-equivalent on each floor of the house waiting to support the catnaps that do so much for cognition. There's a sturdy table here and there to dine at and use for work. A collection of study lamps ensures good working conditions. There's only one central waste and recycling set-up on each floor. Each floor has one room that is used to store the small furnishings that do so much to impede a cleaner and retard rearranging space. The more spare the interior becomes, the more fun I have in it, and the easier it is to get things done -30-

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