Whenever I think of any design, be it interior design or product design, a few things very naturally come up in my mind. These are in the form of questions.
The best part is, answers to these questions can give rise to a very successful design in itself. Let’s see how.
If I am planning to design a piece of furniture, let’s say a double bed, immediate I start relating to what I already know about double beds, some picture/image I have already seen, something I have seen in some furniture shop, etc…Then I start thinking about what material I should think about, the budget, dimensions, age group of people who are going to use it, etc… If you answer these questions one by one on a paper, you will get a blueprint of the design process, so that you can convert in into technical drawings, with all the joinery details and finally the product.
Amongst above mentioned questions some are directly related to function of the double bed as a piece of furniture.
What does this mean?
When I ask myself, what should be the dimensions of a double bed? I have very little freedom to decide the dimensions of the bed, because there are certain norms to be followed in order to serve it’s basic function and that’s comfort.
But what if I say that I will keep the overall surface area of the bed same , but make it round in plan. Will it be ok..
Now here I am trying to achieve both function and aesthetics, without sacrificing the comfort of the person who will use it.
So during any design process there will be times when the designer need to take some decisions where he has to keep aside his wildest ideas and pay attention to function first.
That’s why the true success of an interior design project is a good balance between function and aesthetics.
Expressing this kind of balance through design is not an easy task, because function is universally accepted, but aesthetics,
What does this mean?
Beauty is always relative. A washbasin has a common universal function of an appliance to be used for washing hands, but it’s
beauty is relative. What is beautiful for me, might not hold true for you.
So a design expression can have a unique style of the designer himself. It is possible that the designer is more comfortable with certain kinds of materials/finishes/color schemes, etc.. which can reflect in his designs.
In spite of these personal touches a good designs always caters the needs of the user first. A good designer has a certain kind of convincing power in his/her style which he uses to expresses in the design without sacrificing the likes/dislikes of the user.
There are designers who are more comfortable in designing only a certain kind space such as bathrooms, bedrooms, living rooms, public spaces such as restaurants, clubs, gymnasiums.
Of course this is entirely of a personal choice, but there is this same message in their designs, shell out your ego and design for the best parameters with worst possibilities taken into considerations. This is what gives birth to a great design.
I hope this article was helpful.
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