It seems like tiny house is no longer a fad. At Dwell on design 2017, tiny spaces were everywhere. And whenever there were something tiny, there were people. There is something fundamentally irresistible in things that are tiny. You become curious and cannot help but peeking in to see what’s going on inside.
Small is intimate. Small is accessible and engaging. Small is “apprehendable.” (Read more about the power of smallness in “Chapter 3: abundance by condensation“)
Why? Because it’s compatible with our body size.
Modern economy and technology has been all about defying our own vulnerability and limitations. Architecture became large, hard and sturdy to protect our fragile body. Technology produced various enormously complex systems – whether it’s manufacturing system, transportation system or legal/education system – to defy our uncertain destiny so as we could seek stability, affluence and happiness.
But as things have become larger, sophisticated, complex and highly technical, many of us must have started feeling disengaged, alienated, isolated and left behind. And the feeling of detachment couldn’t be compensated by just acquiring whole bunch of “stuff” produced by such large, sophisticated systems.
It almost seems natural that many of us are “going back to the roots” – smallness. We are in the middle of re-discovering the things that are compatible with our own body size, senses and feelings.
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