Good design matters, and when it’s done well, it’s not just how it looks, but the space feels good!
Great design shows up in a couple of different components. It starts with aesthetic choices that evoke an emotional response. It also takes into account the factor of lifestyle requirements, meaning function. The most beautiful design, if it’s not convenient or comfortable, is not going to be effective for the client. Both form and function are part of a compelling design, and then I create opportunities with lighting, natural materials, and color.
When I begin thinking about a client, I contemplate how they’re going to use the space – what activities are going to happen there? How do we space plan to allow for those activities that make up a home? For example, a family room may have a television, which is very typical for American families, but we may also want to create a place where they can curl up with a book or have good conversation. If it’s a family with young children, we think about storage for the toys so that they can be quickly tucked away.
People respond to nature and using natural materials like wood and stone have calming effects. Sometimes, porcelains and quartz are chosen for function, however, I always bring in another material of mother earth to compensate. Fortunately, many manufacturers and our other resources are conscious in harvesting & sustainability measures to ensure good choices.
Integrity in design from quality aesthetics to conscious resourcing to the heartfelt implementation all impacts the resonation of a space. I feel as a designer it is my responsibility to ensure all the criteria is comprehensively considered.