Intelligent work comes from within
-a quarantine thought-
In these special days, different from any others we may have lived so far, we are called, from a voice which comes from within, to be every day, despite all the rest, the best version of ourselves.
This also means dressing and getting nourished from materials, objects, what they represent and their almost symbolic value.
In these special moments of aloneness and rest, a fragment of Chandra Livia Candiani, poetess and writer, comes in handy: ‘to leave space around ordinary gestures, giving a space, makes them shine, allows them to break through the darkness in which we usually live, in our daily sleep. Then, slowly, the visits of awareness are received: they are the miracles of the known.’ (From ‘Il Silenzio è Cosa viva’, 2018).
With the disappearance of every outdoor and social activity, any gentleman is asked to inhabit his space with the finest grace. Having in mind a man from other times, when wearing a suit and a tie was common even to stay at home, a new challenge is created: re-inventing the existing piece of our wardrobe in new elegant and tough comfortable combinations which can dress the person and consequently its daily actions. Waking up becomes an act of affirmation, I am in this world; therefore a nightgown can make its appearance, together with other dressing rituals we may have forgotten.
It is a smart work because it is an intelligent one: based on time, space and reflection, something we usually lack and urgently need.
Illustrations by Evgenia Manko @Opera Illustration
Text Amanda Ballerini