Small is beautiful in house design

An unconventional architect, Joseph Esherick emphasized practicality over ostentatious design. While big may be showy and attention getting, Esherick designed functional living spaces that were sometimes remarkably small.

A mere 875 square feet, the house is made from inexpensive materials though its spatial arrangements are quite complex. Ironically perhaps, the current owner, Jim Friedman, builds $10 million to $20 million 20,000-square-foot houses for a living. “The Esherick house has taught me that really great architecture doesn’t require gilding a lily,” he said. – via Utopia by the Sea – NYTimes.com.

Yet another demonstration that technology’s best contribution to our quality of living is not through conspicous consumption, but through wise design and providing just what is needed.