Abundance

The aesthetic of abundance is the “kid in a candy store” feeling, and it stems from the joy we find in quantity and variety. But abundance doesn’t necessarily have to mean material abundance and the accumulation of stuff. Just as powerful is sensorial abundance, achieved through repeating patterns like polka dots and stripes, the layering of textures, and the use of multicolor palettes. Using these aesthetics can help create a space that reveals the truth of Mae West’s famous maxim: “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.”

Joymaker: Caroline South

Balloons and the Politics of Joy

Five joyful elementary schools from around the world

{AoJ loves} Flying Tiger

A Tokyo apartment complex designed to reverse aging

Sarah Illenberger’s Wonder Plants

A simple change to your home that fights emotional eating

Play as process: the joyful wax sculptures of Helmut Smits

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