THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

“How can you, without drying up, make things with the same pleasure, as a gift to others, for so long? The word playful is therefore an important part of our quality as a designer”.

Eva Zeisel, designer

 

Eva Zeisel, as you may know, is a world renowned ceramic designer who will soon be 105 years old.

This is a significant fact because Ms. Zeisel is still actively creating new products, no small accomplishment at her age.

Can you see why the ‘playful search for beauty’ that she refers to is so important? As she herself says, with an 80 plus year career, how else can you keep creating for so long without ‘drying up’?

I will go a step further and say that maintaining a sense of humor is always a good idea regardless of your age or job title.

For an interior designer, adding a touch of whimsy to a room design goes right along with this way of thinking.

In other words, interior design does not need to be a serious endeavor. Being playful, even whimsical, is not only OK it’s practically a requirement.

Perfection is a serious thing.

Therefore, allowing yourself to lighten up and fully enjoy the process of designing and furnishing your home, will benefit you in the long run.

You’ll have the energy to keep going, rather than feeling burnt out.

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THE IMPORTANCE OF PLAY

“The word playful is a necessary aspect of our work because one of the problems of our work is that we have to… produce lovely things throughout all our life”.

“How can you, without drying up, make things with the same pleasure, as a gift to others, for so long? The word playful is therefore an important part of our quality as a designer”.

Eva Zeisel, designer

Eva Zeisel, as you may know, is a world renowned ceramic designer who will soon be 104 years old.

This is a significant fact because Ms. Zeisel is still actively creating new products, no small accomplishment at her age.

Can you see why the ‘playful search for beauty’ that she refers to is so important? As she herself says, with an 80 plus year career, how else can you keep creating for so long without ‘drying up’?

Which means that, maintaining a sense of humor is always a good idea regardless of your age or job title.

For an interior designer, adding a touch of whimsy to a room design goes right along with this way of thinking.

In other words, interior design does not need to be a serious endeavor. Being playful, even whimsical, is not only OK it’s practically a requirement.

Perfection is a serious thing.

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WHO WILL YOU BE WHEN YOU’RE 100?

I know two elderly women, ages 85 and 86 respectively.

The younger of the two is your classic little old lady, right down to the white hair, gray polyester pants, and a purse that never leaves her side.

In her mind she has decided there are many things she should no longer do because she’s ‘too old’. A lifelong artist, she no longer paints. She rarely reads, although her shelves are filled with books.

She has decided that she has lived long enough.

The second elderly lady, who jokingly calls herself ‘OL’(Old Lady for short), is still a going concern. Her cheerful, upbeat personality infuses everyone around her with her joy for living.

She loves to travel. She loves to meet people. She wants to know all about you, your work, and your family.

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