#stayhome with Agustina Bottoni

'We should all surround ourselves with nature, creativity and beauty'

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#stayhome with Agustina Bottoni
27/03/2020 - In these uncertain times of global emergency, to #stayathome is the imperative necessity. But can this “suspended time” be transformed into opportunity and can creativity help us to see a light at the end of this tunnel and imagine a future beyond the coronavirus crisis?
 
Another episode in our series about the thoughts and reflections of designers during the lockdown. Augustina Bottoni shares her personal point of view on nature, ethics and beauty.
 
Augustina, how is this situation affecting you, your life and your work?
Like all of us, I am experiencing the postponement or slowdown of many projects. Some projects continue, but circumstances have an undeniable impact on the way we handle them. Apart from that, I consider myself lucky because I am safe, as well as the people I care about. It’s an uncertain future we are facing, so I try to live more in the present and think about what we can possibly learn from this difficult situation.
 
How did you organize your working space?
I do my best in order to make my home study become a pleasant place to stay for a long time. I open curtains and windows to let in fresh air and the exuberant spring light. That is something I really appreciate while I work. I also moved plants and vases from other parts of the house to my workspace so can I always have the beauty of nature around me. I'm trying to be as tidy as possible with all the devices, notebooks and objects that surround me. It helps me not to get distracted.
 
Can this “suspended time” be transformed into opportunity for designers and planners? And if so how?
Indeed, it’s an opportunity to pause and think. The economical impact will be felt worldwide. From a cultural point of view, there are various options. We may come to live in an increasingly digitized and sanitized world, monitored and isolated, but we may also rediscover what’s really important, experience lived solidarity, abandon excessive consumption and superficiality that have encumbered our minds and destroyed our environment.
 
Are there new projects born from this particular situation?
There are moments dedicated to pure creativity. I am pushing on with some minor improvised projects that don't necessarily have a utilitarian purpose, mostly research into art, illustration and the making of kinetic sculptures using leftovers from other projects.
 
How do you spend your spare time?
I stay in contact with friends and family through video calls. This situation makes us all more vulnerable, necessarily separate but still close. I do workout, I'm learning to dance and to meditate. I spend time in the kitchen: I take care of my health and, at the same time, I reflect on the environmental impact. I feel more committed to veganism than ever.
 
Do you have any suggestions for your colleagues and others?
Each of us knows best how to cope with the circumstances. I think that this pandemic compels us to focus on what really matters: survive. It’s no use trying to cling to our habitual lifestyle. When all of this will be over we shall again embrace the word outside. It would be nice if we could leave harmful practices behind and instead commit to other goals: invention, honesty and beauty.
Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

Agustina Bottoni

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