Getting the maximum value from your interior designer

The Culture of Space

I have written about designing homes based on lifestyle of the inhabiting family, today I want to turn that concept around and discuss how design helps create a certain culture of space that influences how people live and behave in that space. The Interaction of life and design is something like a vicious circle, a yin & yang with each counter-influencing the other. While the concept of designing based on lifestyle and culture is a fairly well detailed and a researched concept, the counter effect of Design on the lifestyle and the culture that it creates is a topic that is still in its nascence, especially within the interior design fraternity. Take this example – we were recently travelling from Bangalore to Delhi, the flight landed at the famed terminal 3 and one could easily sense the efficiency of the terminal. If you’ve travelled via Delhi’s terminal 3 you would […]

The “missing” REAL value of an interior designer.

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Sometime back on this blog I wrote on a couple of topics, one around whether you really need an interior designer and another on the “design” element in interior design. Interestingly, last night I came across an old TED talk that takes the above expression even further The talk (it’s more of a conversation) is between Saul Wurman (the co-founder of TED) and Frank Gehry one of the legendary architects of our time. The crux of  Gehry’s talk is around the fact that most customers miss out on the real value of an architect. I feel this is something that applies equally to interior design, when the customers expect just “carpentry” while the game is really about personal expression. Gehry says & I quote “Most architects when they present their work — most of the people we know, you get up and you talk about your work, and it’s almost […]