Culturally today, it is commonly accepted that design is more than simply a well functioning product or space. Design requires a very finely balanced sense or aesthetics, meaning, function, and support for an improved quality of life.
Design can represent our time and shape our existence. It can improve our commerce as well as our appreciation of self and our world at large. It inherently means to De-Sign, to un-sign that which has been done before…to make it more personalized while functioning and appealing to many. Not done well, Design can kill.
Our almost hundred year old dictums such as “Less is More” or “Form Follows Function” which espouse intellectual points of view and result in stylistic interpretations are exactly that…almost a hundred years old. These ideas need to be re-assessed. We know that in most cases “Less is More” has led to a depth of deprivation which is detrimental to our humanity. While feeding the intellect, we have forgotten the rest of our sensory and physiological needs. It could be said that more often than not, our environments are designed from the neck up and ignore the rest of the body. However, our design aware public is demanding a greater expression for their holistic selves. We need to explore new approaches which are more than simply our intellect. “Balance” is certainly the cry for fulfillment in this era.
Considering that the formalized educational training for Interiors is a hundred years old in the United States, a total re-assessment of this education is in order. An open minded and broad based rethinking of the fundamentals is a dire necessity. Historically, the Avant Garde has envisioned utopias, questioned standard processes and challenged representational methodologies. Today, we must address all these aspects of the education (at the fundamental development phase) for the meaningful design of the Interior and upon its improvement; integrate it equally meaningfully into the practice and business of design.