How can we relate differently to material goods?
So many of us have a conflicted relationship with consumption and material goods. That is understandable, given the damaging excess our society has engaged in for decades. But beyond the craze of consumerism, we believe there is a better way.
At Territory, we aim to better understand our relationship with consumption and the material world. To understand the fundamental nature of what material objects are.
The notion of energetic presence in objects is a concept we learned years ago through our meditation and Buddhist practice. It is inspired by the concept of Yun: a Tibetan word meaning authentic presence. Yun can be understood as the energetic richness and beauty in objects when created from a place of integrity and care. For us, this belief translates into a production process that centers around people, sustainability, and cultural preservation.
Thoughtful design sparks something within us. Like a piece of art or a natural landscape, objects with Yun connect us with something deeper. We believe that the physical spaces we inhabit and the material objects that we surround ourselves with affect how we feel, think, and relate with others.
Taken further, Yun is a way we relate with material pleasure in our lives. This is not an overindulgence in objects that create harm to people and our planet; rather, it is delighting in the simple beauty of handmade, quality goods. A good wooden bowl, a beautiful wool rug, or a handwoven basket.
The common interpretation in Buddhism is that you should reject and shun material possessions, but this philosophy takes a different approach. It encourages us to relate differently to material goods. Welcoming in objects that have a quality of enrichment, uplifted-ness and truth, while, at the same time, not holding on or clinging to them.