Weekend Herald - Canvas - - CONTENTS - MICHELLE HUR­LEY

Edi­tor’s Let­ter; Things We Love; Me­gan Nicol Reed

Here’s a new home de­sign trend to strike joy/fear into your heart, de­pend­ing on your hate/love of or­der: shab­bism. Truth be told, there’s noth­ing new in it at all, it’s how many of us live, but it’s now be­ing re­badged as the way to have a hap­pier home life.

If you’re the sort of per­son who thinks you’re be­ing or­gan­ised if you man­age to close the ce­real packet with a peg be­fore stuff­ing it back in the pantry, or finds it a small tri­umph when you hang up the pile of worn-but-re­ally-not-dirty clothes on your spare chair in the bed­room, then you are shabby. The term was coined by an English cou­ple, who see it as the an­ti­dote to the ma­nia for de­clut­ter­ing and min­i­mal­ism that has in­fected (sorry, over­taken) mid­dle-class houses across the globe.

Theirs is not a house where the sur­faces as cleaned daily; crumbs are al­lowed to linger on cof­fee ta­bles, and the shed­ding hairs of the dog are ig­nored, un­til they can be no longer. If that sounds like you, you’ll prob­a­bly en­joy the in­ter­view we have with them on page 10, but if the thought of mess makes you vi­o­lently anx­ious, we also have an in­ter­view with cult min­i­mal­ists, Joshua Fields Mill­burn and Ryan Ni­code­mus, who are com­ing to New Zealand shortly, on page 12.

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