For as long as I can remember, old doors–with their ornate latches, handles, and locks– have grabbed my attention. Their elegant handwork speaks volumes about a culture different from our own, and thus serves to inspire.
Often a world will come to life through the details, and the right detail can reveal much regarding a culture and society. There’s evidence to be found even something as small as locks and keys, which is something to consider when constructing a fantastic world.
Do you have a purely functional society, where everything has a utilitarian design (much like the locks and keys for our doors today), or do you have a society enamored with beauty and elegant design? How do the views shape the larger world? In a beauty-oriented society, do things fail to function? Or are they considered truly beautiful if they function in an elegant way? Have fun brainstorming and being inspired by the little details of our world…and enjoy these lovely relics from the past.
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