Stephen Bayley

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

Overrated: Home

The over-familiar pleasures of domesticity

Underrated: Lust

The clarity of lust should not be mistaken for simplicity. It is both endearing and disturbing

Overrated: love

The Western idea of romantic love is a recent invention— and much less than the sum of its parts

Overrated: Intellect

"An intellectual is someone who looks at a pink party balloon and thinks of Jeff Koons"

Underrated: Instinct

If you are instinctive, you think for yourself, and find chance beautiful

Overrated: Apollo

There is a sterile perfection in the prim and prattish god of order

Underrated: Dionysus

The orgies and drunken frenzies of the god of wine — immoderate but exhilarating

Overrated: Classicism

The default conservative reverence for ancient architecture too easily produces bogus, formulaic buildings

Underrated: Modernism

The modernist mentality revels in optimism and opportunity

Underrated: Abroad

The ravenous longing for the infinite possibilities of “otherwhere”

The king of cakes

"Yuletide revels were designed to see you through the dark days — and how dark they seem today"
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