“Form follows function – that has been misunderstood. Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.”
– Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908
To me, I’ve always interpreted the phrase “form follows function” as meaning that the shape of something should come from its intended purpose and utility, usually as it relates to architecture, interior design, industrial design and the like. According to what I’ve read, the phrase originated from another famous (Chicago-based) architect, Louis Sullivan.
In my practice, I’ve generally always made design decisions based on how I think my clients will interact with an object. What will their reactions be upon first seeing it? What about each time they walk into the room? How will they use an object throughout the years, across different seasons, when at home alone, when entertaining guests? How does the object fit with the rest of the furnishings in the room?
My number one focus when selecting furnishings for a room is “Will my clients be comfortable and want to use the items I’ve selected?” After all, what’s the point of creating a beautiful design if it won’t be regularly used and enjoyed?
“Color is the finishing touch on everything.”
– Marc Jacobs
No matter which project I’m working on, color is a finishing touch. But, it’s also part of a conversation and initial concept with clients, and a common thread from start to finish. I help clients discover which colors they’re drawn to, and coordinate colors and materials from room to room to establish a flow that looks and feels good. Once the overall color scheme is set, splashes of color in furnishings, art and accessories definitely add “the finishing touch” on any project!
“The essence of interior design will always be about people and how they live. It is about the realities of what makes for an attractive, civilized, meaningful environment, not about fashion or what’s in or what’s out. This is not an easy job.”
– Albert Hadley
A great quote from Albert Hadley, a preeminent American interior designer (1920-2012). Interior design truly is about people and how they live, work and enjoy their surroundings. Interior design optimally supports peoples’ needs, preferences and interests, and creates environments that people feel good about day after day. Although trends come into play, successful interior design provides continuity, comfort and functionality.