The perfectly designed space is a line I use all the time and is also a term that I feel needs to be explained. What do I mean when I say this, well it incorporates all aspects of a space. The perfectly designed space can be your home, office, restaurant, gym or studio. To be the perfectly designed space it needs to work around you and your lifestyle, what you need to function. There is this idea in the interior design industry that designers should design what is fashionable and trendy and their clients should step up and have the same taste as the designer. I hate this idea! As designers it is our job to know the best ways to make a space function, what the newest products are, how these products will function for our clients, what the latest trend is and how to design to any style. It is never our job to make a client bend to our design style. In fact I prefer to not even get into what my personal design style is because it really should not have any impact on what I design for my clients.
One of the major components that goes into the perfectly design space is making sure that it is an enjoyable experience. This can be such a great fun time everyone should be excited about it. I love it when my clients get all excited because we have an appointment that day. My favorite line that one of my clients said was “yay I get Sara time today!” I want every client to feel this way. No matter how large or small the project is while that project is ongoing that client is just as important as any other. You can design the most beautiful space in the world but if it was a miserable experience getting there it is not the perfectly designed space.
The perfectly designed space functions properly for the client. If the client has kids and pets that are considered their kids too and have just as much right to the furniture as the “people” members of the family then the furniture needs to take that into account. This means using products that can be easily cleaned, going to withstand high use and still look fantastic in 5 years. If the client wants to have their desk in the family room then you create a living space that incorporates it. If the client wants have their dining room at cocktail height because that’s how they entertain then you find fantastic swivel glider barrel chairs to go around a custom made cocktail table. If the client requested to not have any chairs in their office you design a standing desk set up. The perfectly designed space is about the client and how they function.
The perfectly designed space is beautiful. As this word can be interpreted differently by many there is a rare thing that happens when it is a perfectly designed space. No matter your taste or style when you walk into a perfectly designed space it is beautiful and you can appreciate the beauty of it. You can see that it works for that friend, family member or business owner. You can see that it is a part of that person on display and it is just right.
So I wish for all of my readers to have a “perfectly deigned space”!