“Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful” Willam Morris.
I have often seen this quoted as inspiration for Minimalists or aspiring Minimalists. How enlightening then, to learn today that the original context of this quote meant nothing like this!
William Morris was trying to encourage the lower classes to aspire to be like the rich, to acquire possessions and thus he felt, better themselves and their lives. Although he apparently rebelled against his Father’s wealth and Capitalism in some respects, it still clearly coloured his thinking.
If you want to listen to the full programme, then you can click here . Thanks to ‘In Our Time’ on BBC Radio 4 for telling the full story.