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At Hotel Hotel, we watch people with curiosity. What we see informs the way we design and think about our spaces. Our fascination with human actions and behaviours is the catalyst for Daily Rituals – a new creative project and ongoing study that explores the weird and wonderful things people do regularly as rituals.

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Photo by Lee Grant

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Benjamin Franklin

To foster good health Benjamin Franklin took a daily ‘air bath’. What is an ‘air bath’ you ask. It’s where you open up all your windows, get nude and sit in the breeze for a while. How nice.

Emily Bronte

Novelist Emily Bronte suffered from insomnia. She held an evening ritual of walking around in circles until she fell asleep.

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The daily rituals of others (part one)

Murakami, jogging. Photograph by Patrick Fraser. Via: The Guardian.

Part of an installation by Sagmeister 'Everybody Always Thinks They Are Right'

Haruki Murakami

Haruki Murakami on writing: I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes the important thing; it’s a form of mesmerism. I mesmerise myself to reach a deeper state of mind.

Stefan Sagmeister

Every evening designer Stefan Sagmeister writes down three things that worked that day. He says, “it takes minimal reflection and effort, yet it can accentuate positive thinking.”

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist, co-director of London’s Serpentine Gallery, gets sad about the decline of rituals in modern life. His day is full of them. Every morning when he wakes at 5am he reads late French Martinican writer Édouard Glissant for 15 minutes. He started the Brutally Early Club, where he meets with friends at 6.30am. Obrist says, “everyone is so busy every day; no one has any time to meet their friends any more. The solution is simple: meet earlier…The city is very magical at half past six in the morning.”  He jogs daily, not to keep fit but because he likes the ritual of it. He also buys a new book each day. Busy guy.

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Objects + Rituals

Objects and rituals go hand-in-hand. Many rituals are practiced with the help of objects – historically things like cauldrons, masks, libation vessels come to mind. Rituals can also be designed around well-considered objects. For example, using a carefully chosen object for a daily task can elevate it from a mundane habit to a meaningful ritual – turning a common object into something more sacred.

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Daily Rituals films with Art Direction by U-P, Director of Photography by Liam Gilmour

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TS Eliot

TS Eliot had a thing for face paint. Daily, he would dust his face with green powder and paint his lips red.

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Le Corbusier

Each and every morning Le Corbusier was up at 5.45am for 45 minutes of calisthenics.

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Franz Kafka

Franz Kafka’s days were filled with ritualistic procrastination that included a four hour nap, a long walk and 10 minutes of vigorous exercise at the same time each day.

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Junk Drawer Number Two

Daily Rituals by Dan Honey

Eat a live frog first thing in the morning, and nothing worse will happen to you the rest of the day – Mark Twain

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It is a curious thought, but it is only when you see people looking ridiculous that you realise just how much you love them. — Agatha Christie

Daily Rituals is a new creative project and ongoing study by Hotel Hotel that explores the weird and wonderful things people do regularly as rituals.

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Mike Whitney

Emily Sexton reading in bed by Lee Grant

The Ritual of Limbering Up

Aussie cricket wild-man and television raconteur Mike Whitney is coming to play with us. Twelve tests, 38 one day matches in the 80s golden age of cricket. Border, Boon, Waugh, Whitney. Some of you might remember this true blue Aussie legend from his role as referee on the 1995 TV series, Gladiator or as host of Who Dares Wins. Or, perhaps you’ve seen him recently impersonating David Attenborough Sydney Weekender. Anyway… What a guy. Does this man age? No, he doesn’t. Why? He takes care of himself. Clearly. Get bendy with him and us on Tuesday 2 June when he leads The Ritual of Limbering Up in the Monster salon. All welcome. No special dress required – tight pants encouraged.
All welcome. Meet at the HH reception desk at 5.30pm for this one off pre-dinner stretch fest.

The Ritual of Reading in Bed

On Saturday 3 May, Emily Sexton, Head of Programming at the Wheeler Centre performed a reading from the bed of room 203. Ten hotel guests piled on in for the first in an ongoing series of bedtime stories.

Barrie Barton talks mortality

The Ritual of Long Walks

On Saturday 9 May, Barrie Barton, Director of Right Angle Studio led a long walk and rambling talk through the gardens, trails and architecture of the Australian National University. Taking a journey through his old stomping ground, Barrie talked mortality and the movement of time (big ones!) dreams and truths, how to survive in Canberra and why birthdays are good for you.


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