The Old, New Way to Well Issue
Plants. Acupuncture. Meditation. Air. Light. Chi balancing. Crystals that heal.
You might be thinking, “Yes! Where do I sign up?” or “Nope, not for me.” Either way these trendy practices are taking Western cultures by storm and transforming the way fitness studios, restaurants, hospitals, and even hotels are being designed. They snuck in with a polished and luxe aesthetic, emerging from their hippie dippy past of hemp and daisies.
What is interesting is not the terrazzo, millennial pink, and brass details that came with it, but their capacity to rebrand themselves and emerge from the ancient past looking this good. The old has never been more relevant.
Take cannabis, for example. If you think back to a little over two decades ago, images of red, yellow, and green hemp sweaters and woven hats will flutter through brain while Marley plays in the background. It wasn’t until the early 1900s that marijuana became illicit. People across the world - from Asia, to India, and Europe - have been using cannabis for its medicinal properties for centuries. It is one of the world’s oldest crops. Now, Snoop Dogg hires top notch designers to brand a new line of luxury chocolates laced with the good stuff, and dispensaries look more like boutiques than the grimy basements of yore.
Artists, florists, ceramicists, and graphic designers across the world are cannabis’s best allies in rebranding the plant – weed has gone mainstream and it is oh so beautiful. And yes, we are hooked on its new aesthetic.
At The Chop, we are dedicating this issue our sixth to health. We are diving deep into the intricate world of wellness through the lenses of ancient medicine. We will share the trends that excite us, unearth the complex history of hospitals and modern HVAC systems, learn the nuanced power of crystals, and dig into what drives the aesthetics of millennial pink-dressed fast casual restaurants.
To tie it all together, we have taken on the challenge of meditating for ten minutes every day through February. Join us on this beautiful, and a bit mystical, journey through the ancient practices and old medicines that are now the new norm.
*Header Images from Amanda Chantal Bacon's The Moon Juice Cookbook