The life of design, pp. 70- ff.
THE LIVING ROOM admire them. You, and those who follow your teaching, are the worst enemies I have. I want people to have houses of the ordinary type, that they may always be trying in vain to make something of them, by patiently buying and buying in the hope that by adding first this and then that some approach to a satisfactory result may be obtained. Each of these rooms is in itself a complete and satisfactory whole; there is no temptation to add anything.' " A RECESSED WINDOW SEAT THE LIFE OF DESIGN T HE essence and life of design lies in finding that form for any- thing which will, with the maximum of convenience and beauty, fit it for the particular functions it has to perform. How many of the beautiful features of the work of past ages, which we now arbitrarily reproduce and copy, arose out of the skilful and graceful way in which some old artist-craftsman, or chief mason, got over a difficultyl If, instead of copying these features when and where the cause for them does not exist, we would rather emulate the spirit in which they were produced, there would be more hope of again seeing life and vigour in our architecture and design." 70 (Raymond Unwin.) 11
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