We’ve written about Foster Huntington’s love of simplicity before, but we’ve recently discovered another project of his: The Burning House. This one, makes us think about our Life Essentials by asking the question, “What would you take with you if your house was on fire?” We love that Huntington has taken this familiar question a step further by asking people to photograph, list, and submit, their essentials.
Scrolling through the submissions, we can see patterns which emerge: things we commonly love or need — passport, camera, knife, sunglasses, a good pair of worn-in, comfortable shoes — largely practical items which serve a greater meaning: survival, travel, protection. They’re items which get frequent use (or even serve multiple purposes) and are easily transportable, like poet Poppie Airill’s four selections (above)
1. Kepulauan Banda (Banda Islands) – a book about a place where i am going to stay after.
2. Digital Camera
It points to how a small item can render itself incredibly useful in numerous ways, which inspires us to live with less in our day-to-day lives, being more creative with what we have, and perhaps finding greater value in small things. A pen and paper is light and has endless possibilities… a book can be read, re-read and given as a gift… a loved item of clothing, always feels comforting to wear. Here are some favorites:
Ballet shoes and a journal from 14-year-old Adeline Mak:
…a book on typography + a favorite scarf from Kama of Poland:
…Ira Mowen’s outdoorsy chaos:
…or the minimalist mix of old and new media in Sara Montironi’s picks, above, which include a ring, MacBook Pro, Book of Dreams…
What would you take from a burning house?