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“Chaotization has begun.” / SML.20121205.IP3 | by See-ming Lee (SML)
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“Chaotization has begun.” / SML.20121205.IP3

“Chaotization has begun.” / SML.20121205.IP3 / #chaos #crazyisgood #smluniverse #ccby #smlphotography #smlbw #smlprojects


When you see all these neat desks at showrooms + furniture stores + photo shoots, you are often lead to believe that it is possible to maintain a very clean environment when you work. Don't believe the hype!


A working space is a messy space. Input is always messy. Input is always full of chaos. Input is always disorganized. Output though is usually clean. Output is clear. What you see at showrooms, furniture stores and photo shoots are output, not the input.


I have found myself swimming in chaos all the time and I don't mind one bit of it. When things are in fact neatly spaced and organized I have a rather uneasy feeling.


My second husband is a clean-freak. We lived in a small studio apartment together for two years. He has good taste and we lived in a space filled with Philip Starck furniture and designer goods. Everything in the apartment is white. It looks good but it is completely unusable for me. I had to tiptoe inside my own apartment because he decided to buy a white carpet for the entire room. It's crazy!


On the one hand it was nice that there was someone cleaning after me and unchaotize my mess. On the other hand it was completely unlivable. How do you live when you don't feel at home at your own home? If I accidentally spill anything in the also completely white kitchen I get yelled at. Wow, seriously—how do you cook without making a mess? We ended up eating salads everyday. I did lose a lot of weight as a result. Maybe that's a good thing!?

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Taken on December 5, 2012