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Rethinking Design and Interiors by Shashi Caan

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Epilogue

Out from Within

An epoch not only dreams the one to follow but, in dreaming, precipitates its awakening.

Walter Benjamin

Paris, Capital of the Nineteenth Century1

We shape design, and thereafter it shapes us.2 The world we experience today has a limited resemblance to the natural world that existed before humans transformed it to their advantage. Instead, we are born, live, and die in environments whose every element has been designed by someone unknown to us. The basic tools and places on which we stake our survival have, to a large degree, already been determined by the distant hand of others. The human landscape, always perceived from within the frame of interior space, is an accumulation of premeditated situations and experiences. ...

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