The Beauty of Everyday Things (Penguin Modern Classics)

November 30, 2020
The Beauty of Everyday Things (Penguin Modern Classics)

The daily lives of ordinary people are replete with objects,common things used in commonplace settings. These objects are ourconstant companions in life. As such, writes Soetsu Yanagi, theyshould be made with care and built to last, treated with respectand even affection. They should be natural and simple, sturdy andsafe - the aesthetic result of wholeheartedly fulfillingutilitarian needs. They should, in short, be things of beauty.In an age of feeble and ugly machine-made things, these essayscall for us to deepen and transform our relationship with theobjects that surround us. Inspired by the work of the simple,humble craftsmen Yanagi encountered during his lifelong travelsthrough Japan and Korea, they are an earnest defence of modest,honest, handcrafted things - from traditional teacups to jars tocloth and paper. Objects like these exemplify the enduring appealof simplicity and function: the beauty of everyday things.