This month in Julie's Medicine Cabinet, our founder shares what she is currently reading from architectural theory, the science of space harmonics, and the architectural works curated by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tomoyuki Sakakida; Julie's discoveries are the products you need and never knew you needed.
The Power of Sacred Location
While designing a new house, Julie delves into the study of space harmonics. Lydia Gian De Leon, Ph.D., and Arturo Ponce De Leon reveal the intertwining of visible and invisible forces of Nature—a convergence of biomedical, geophysical, and architectural insights into ancient understandings and the sanctity of spaces. "This book caught my eye as I explored a holistic approach to building my house. The authors perceive architecture as our second skin and an extension of our body, exploring the subtle manifestations of Earth radiation and its effects on buildings and living organisms. It's a fascinating and engaging read, and I'm completely obsessed."
The Eyes of the Skin
In this classic work on architectural theory, Juhani Pallasmaa explores the multi-sensory experiences in architecture and the often overlooked aspects of design beyond the visual. "Another great find, this enlightening read offers fresh insights and perspectives on integrating all the senses to create more humane and encompassing environments, including how materiality becomes tactile to the eye."
Old Is New, Architectural Works by New Material Research Laboratory
Curated by Hiroshi Sugimoto and Tomoyuki Sakakida, Old Is New presents an innovative blend of the ancient and the modern, a balanced depiction of past and present, shedding light on a design philosophy deeply rooted in Japanese traditions and aesthetics. "Having spent the better part of the last 17 years in Japan—a country I adore for its elegance, temples, tea houses, landscapes, and architecture—I knew I wanted to infuse my home with Japanese elements. This book has been a stunning source of inspiration."