A Space is Not Beautiful without the Inner Beauty of the People

When we talk about ‘designing interactions’, we are usually referring to the human - technology interaction or the technology - technology interaction. I would suggest that the human - human interaction is of greater importance and that we look at technology as a facilitator not a living entity itself. In creating an environment, the quality of the people is a huge driver for whether or not we want to be present. Often, interpersonal relating is left as training for C Suite managers when people interact with customers everyday. Designing interactions between people is not about ‘forcing’ communication but creating an environment where everyone’s authentic self can shine; where we bring in high energy people; and where people are coached for knowledge and interpersonal relating. Environments where love, kindness, empathy are present — environments where it is easy to be loving, kind and empathetic. When we bring people that energy, is a setting of quality, then we know we have brought them true beauty.

Words by Natasha J. Hussein

GLTZ, fashion communication inspired by Maurizio Anzeri

GLTZ, fashion communication inspired by Maurizio Anzeri

How do my actions impact others?

Flowers,  The Flower Book

Flowers, The Flower Book

At its core, looking after the environment is much more essential than sustainability or caring for mother Earth. Respecting your environment means asking yourself, how do my actions impact those I share this ‘space’, ‘object’ or facility with? That starts with where you are today — this could be your home, your office or your gym. The action could be as small as putting a towel on a wet floor to prevent others from slipping, it could mean putting someone else’s rubbish in the bin so that someone else doesn’t have to do it (even if its not ‘your job’), it could mean making a request for a particular facility on behalf of your community so that everyone’s experience is a lot more pleasant. That is where beauty begins and ends — in unconditional kindness and thoughtfulness for the experience of others. We can all contribute. It is not exclusive to one particular area. And when we do, with this attitude, we find that our spaces are indeed a lot more beautiful and more full of love. When we have this attitude, it is only natural that we will ask the same questions in our work — how does my work contribute to the quality of the experience of someone else’s life? What materials should I choose that is most considerate to the process and product? When we shift our focus from fear to love, we move from self to other. When we move from self to other, everyone benefits. This is at the core of creating and maintaining beauty.

Words by Natasha J. Hussein

On the Depth of Beauty

Material Girl,  Jacob Reischel

Material Girl, Jacob Reischel

Our definitions and the meanings we attribute to words is what gives them cultural movement. The idea that beauty is shallow, superficial and can be bought is the driver behind a lot of pain and insecurity in culture. It is also an idea behind many great businesses. Who gave it that meaning? Humans did. The idea that beauty is internal, found through acts of love, kindness and generosity — also humans. What we focus on expands. What we focus on collectively is what lives on, often for generations as a collective belief, either leading more towards fear or more towards love.

True beauty at its core is about love. Nothing more. Nothing less. Beauty is about peace, its about order, its about healing, its about balance. Nature is beautiful. Kindness is beautiful. When there is beauty, there is often peace, cleanliness, a space that is neither too noisy or too quiet; it is safe, secure, welcoming; beauty is warm, it has open arms; beauty is inclusive not exclusive; beauty is intelligent without being arrogant; beauty is in sharing not in hoarding

The idea of beauty is often reserved for specific sectors, particularly the luxury goods. And though beauty has often been used by these business, it is not owned by them. Beauty has a much space in a education as it does in luxury cars. Beauty is healing. A hospital that has cleanliness, beauty and order is a more nourishing environment.

Perhaps we can move to a more open, universal presence of beauty. Perhaps a school that has beautiful textbooks that are appealing to the eye, will see more success with their students. Perhaps a hospital with beautiful mural in each room will add some joy to the lives of their patients. And perhaps we can learn to share whatever is beautiful in our lives, perhaps then beauty can thrive in health in our society.

Words by Natasha Jane Hussein