There is a natural AFFINITY between humans and PAPER ’
are doing something that you don’t have to actively think about, but it is just enough to stop your mind from racing.’
Although that might explain why designers are increasingly working in this ancient material, it doesn’t quite explain why we want it in our homes, but it comes close. In living memory, we have touched paper all day long, from the diary or calendar that told us our plans for the day to the book we curled up with in bed at night. Now that so many of our daily interactions are digital, perhaps we are craving the tactility of paper once again, and so it is finding its way into our interiors. ‘Paper has been with us for aeons,’ explains visual artist Kubo Novak ( kubonovak.com). ‘There is a natural affinity between humans and paper. I love it for its delicacy, its fragility and its almost infinite creative possibilities.’
As our surroundings become increasingly slick, shiny and screenbased, we yearn for the imperfections of natural materials. ‘People are drawn to the colour, finish and the warmth of paper,’ adds designer Liam Hopkins (lazerian.com). ‘ We are more and more conscious of the natural environment and feel a connection to that through paper.’ You might not have the time to fold 1,000 paper cranes, but perhaps a little more paper in your life is all your heart desires.