WHAT IS GOOD DESIGN?
By SATISH BABUSENAN
Prof. RK Joshi, a great design teacher, used to say to his students “Draw a line as if it’s the only worthwhile thing in your life!”
The professor’s sentence could sum up what can be a great attitude to the process of Design. Let’s now try to explore what makes for good design. Especially in the context of designing living spaces, which is what we, at The Pebble Drop do.
You can easily read up online on the 7 principles of design (Balance, Harmony & Unity, Scale & Proportion, Contrast, Rhythm, Emphasis and Detail) which are inherent in all well designed projects. And also about the 7 design elements (Line, Form, Colour, Light, Space, Texture and Pattern) which are what every designer has at his or her disposal.
However, 3 overarching parameters can guide you in the design process should you choose to design your space yourself.
The very term ‘By Design’ connotes Intent. The intentionality behind every aspect of the designed space makes for good design. This includes the choice and use of furniture, décor and colour. It also includes the intention behind what can be made to look unintentional. Clever, isn’t it? Cleverness is a sign of intelligence, and therefore of good design too!
We’re talking here about the inter relationship between the major, perceivable aspects of a designed space. The relationship between the colours and between the different forms and shapes, etc. A harmonious relationship will always help in creating a sense of peace, relaxation or joy for anyone who walks into the designed space. Any violation of harmony, if used, must be intentional.
It’s desirable that every part of a designed space is of some practical use to someone: to sit on, to work, eat, place an object, to simply look at (art, for example), and so on. In design theory there has long been a debate on Form versus Function. It isn’t something which can be settled one way or the other and offers enough scope for the designer’s individual taste. For example, the function of an object in a space may only be to arouse an emotion of awe, rising from pure esthetic appreciation; it may have no other function but that in itself can be its function
The above three aspects can help you make the right decisions when you do up your space, be it your bedroom, dining, kitchen or even your patio or garden.
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