Nice article. Chouinard is an original. I'd give up all my fancy jawnz for a little spot on Hollister Ranch. :-) The "buy only what you need" credo has its appeal: the thought of having everything you own fit into a couple suitcases. But, I love design too much to live like an ascetic. Some things just bring joy being around them, even if they aren't technically very useful. Do I "need" art? It makes me feel better, so maybe I do.