Fashion / Style

Editor’s letter: introducing the ‘Place To Be’ issue

Place to be Clarence Haaster

"What we seek, at the deepest level, is inwardly to resemble, rather than physically to possess, the objects and places that touch us through their beauty.” – Alain de Botton, The Architecture of Happiness

The spaces we inhabit provide insight into our internal landscape. We’ve all had the experience of walking into a space that feels so personal, so perfectly a reflection of the inhabitant.

I am deeply connected to my home and often find myself in awe of others who can be nomadic and seemingly floating from one space to the next with few possessions. It isn’t about material things, rather that my home grounds me when I return from travel or even a day at work. The placement of a shell just so, admiring an artwork gift from a friend, the scent of incense curling from the living room. It brings me back to myself.

In this issue, Miranda Darling explores the idea of curating our spaces and examines how “we take the time to make things beautiful for no other reason than our souls require it”. She also takes our imaginations outside, exploring the importance of the living and ever-growing garden.

How does an artist’s space impact their creativity or imbue their work? To what extent does it lend itself to the creative process? Oliver Edwin looks to Donald Judd, the artist whose New York loft was specially curated to inspire, and filled with his own works. The space in which he lived was almost a work of art in itself, perfect in its considered simplicity.

I have come to appreciate the importance of home as a feeling, a sentiment that has grown even stronger during my time at this magazine. In my time at RUSSH I’ve lived in its pages and through its values. But with the close of this chapter, this being my final issue, it’s now time that I attempt to become the nomad I am so in awe of.

Forever in my heart, farewell for now.

Billie Iveson

The 'Habitat' Issue is available for purchase here.