Choreography of the Day
DESCRIPTION - Exterior achitecture seems to have interested avant garde architects at the expense of interior architecture. As if a house ought to be conceived for the pleasure of the eyes more than the well being of its inhabitants. If lyricism can be dedicated to the play of masses balanced in daylight, the interior ought to respond to the needs of man and to the demands of individual life and allow rest and intimacy. Theory is not enough for life and doesn't respond to all its needs. One must get away from a tendancy with obvious failings and look to create an interior atmosphere in harmony with the refinements of intimate modern life, by using the resources and possibilities of current techniques. The built thing has more inportance than the way in which it is built and the process is subordinate to the plan, not the plan to the process. It is not enough to build only beautiful ensembles of lines but above all, dwellings for people.
Consider the construction of a table or a chair as the realisation of a sculptural picture, by placing one single point of view of the the harmony of the built form,necessarily reaches excesses and aberrations which lead public taste astray and makes those whothey haven't lost the notion of practical utility seem like the latecomers.
The steel tube as used and conceived by avant-garde architects is cosly, fragile and cold. The need to atomise, to be original at all cost, is enough to abolish the most elemental wishes of practical comfort. All these modern inventions and pretensions which one sees appear and disappear only respond to a fads and all true style is absent from them. There is no one particular style. The true creator aims to the universal.
(My rough translation)
From the reprint of Architecture Vivante: E1027 Maison en Bord de Mer, Editions Imbernon>