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ArgumentNo. 13/2021

Staring. Or Retreating into Inner Space

  • / PhDc. arch., “Ion Mincu” University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, RO


There is something remarkable about focusing your attention on an object. Staring thus reveals a whole aura of the object, a bridal veil, which, when removed, reveals a miraculous understanding of its properties. This union of the gaze with the object takes place especially in moments of respite. A suspension of time is needed to provoke the persistence of a single action. We have, we admit, the pretext of an isolation that conditions such circumstance, which multiplied in a limited space propose a new awareness of our perception of it. We thus realise its relation to us, our own relation to the objects around us, and the capacity of a space to be structured in accordance with our human behaviour. The effect that a space has on us goes beyond its mere functionality. In isolation (such as that imposed by the SARS – CoV-2 virus pandemic) we understand perhaps more clearly the need for a sense of belonging to a place, and the importance of its function of representing us.

The repetition of the actions that we perform in a given space can give evidence of its very spatial coherence. These are the premises, and the emphasis does not naturally fall on the possibility of a space to duplicate, but on the contrary, to adhere to a singular identity. The intention is not to make an apology for unity but rather to understand the burden of a versatility of space in the sense that it can assert characteristics of an inconsequential and undecided space. The failure of a space to define itself clearlybrings with it its subsequent inability to be appropriated, or otherwise, to create harmonious connections with its inhabitants.


interior space, interiority, relationship, representation, identity, furniture, interior design



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