Introducing Issue Nº21

In Praise of Folly

Editor's letter written by Inma Buendía

There’s a certain tender allure in folly. The sharpness that holds just the right touch of madness can transform a mere notion into a remarkable revelation.

In his essay “Praise of Folly”, first printed in 1511, Erasmus of Rotterdam likened madness to the dawn of a new day, when warmth follows the chill of winter; to spring, when everything takes on a fresh visage, a new hue, and is once again imbued with youth.

1Galerie Half
1George Rouy

At Openhouse, we seek a boldness reminiscent of Erasmus’ words. The initial spark preceding the impulse to create, that which emboldens individuals to cast aside fear and embrace levity. The evolutionary force fueled by play, a dedication to success, and the wisdom gleaned from missteps.

Valentin Loellmann

The editorial signed by Charlotte Taylor in this issue epitomizes enjoyment and diversion: an installation where pieces dance between order and chaos, blending reason with madness, set against the ideal backdrop of Side Gallery.

Riad Rosemary Marrakech
1Palazzo Martinengo
1Chef Meteor

Some craft ephemeral installations (like Charlotte), while others strive to forge a style, a new lexicon, a deeply personal and incomparable realm. Among the latter is Laurence Leenaert. Starting with ceramics and decorative objects, she encapsulates her passions in Riad Rosemary, an abode in Marrakech exuding an almost handcrafted charm.

1Casa Zalszupin

In the case of “Memory and Reinvention”, it’s the playing field —the once Clara Porset studio, that serves as a catalyst. The place where she conceived her celebrated Butaque is the creative spirit behind the residency program launched by Habitación 116 and Studio Andrew Trotter. In addition, the project brings back the artistic essence for which the whole building at Parque Melchor Ocampo 38, was erected for.

1Casa Acabaya
Waka Waka

The church George Rouy calls home is an endless wellspring of inspiration. “Living here, immersed in my own world, has undoubtedly shaped my sense of what’s possible,” reflects the artist from his converted chapel in southeastern England. “With its open plan and my solitary presence, it feels like a playground, brimming with possibilities…”

Jan Utzon's house

Erasmus of Rotterdam suggests that madness can wield a liberating and inventive force in human existence. It is true that we cannot unearth new facets of ourselves without daring to be bold, shedding our fears, and surrendering to the youthful innocence of apprenticeship.

1Habitación 116
Casa Copas

I like to believe that the pages of this latest edition exemplify just that—a showcase of creative minds whose audacity propelled them to disregard others’ rules and forge their own path.