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by Promila Shastri last modified Aug 22, 2013

Speaking about possessions, the textile designer William Morris famously said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” The things we own, of course, may sometimes have neither beauty nor use to recommend them, yet we hold on to them — Continue reading …




 

 

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Speaking about possessions, the textile designer William Morris famously said, “Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” The things we own, of course, may sometimes have neither beauty nor use to recommend them, yet we hold on to them for reasons often inexplicable.

Still Life, a monthly column in the The Wall Street Journal, features photographic arrangements of objects owned by notable people, along with the owners’ explanations of their personal value.

Famous people, needless to say, amass things out of reach to the rest of us—we should be so lucky to grow misty-eyed about gifts from Andy Warhol, Helmut Newton, or Francis Ford Coppola; but some things—stuffed toys, fresh flowers, family pictures—are equalizers, bearing no connection to wealth, fame, or notoriety, remaining just the stuff with which we willfully surround ourselves.

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Images: Sofia Coppola; Carolina Herrera; David de Rothschild; Inès de la Fressange via The Wall Street Journal


 

 

 
 
 

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