Surveys give this as the number one reason for a home renovation. But what does it actually mean, look and feel?
Feeling is believing
Perception is selective. Cognitive processes colour our vision. Value filters focus us on what is important, giving meaning to our environment, our place in it.
Our response to the physical world is not precise. Our home doesn’t make us react in a particular way, but research says that it does play some, but undefined, material part.
My home is more than a shelter, it’s of a higher order. I interact with it, in my emotions and moods, joys, peace of mind and mental wellbeing. This is the look and feel of my home!
Driven by a changing world
Change inducing pressures, there’s lots of them, technology, attitudes, social values, market disruptors, influencers, and all, subverting our values, standards and expectations.
While it’s easy to compile a long list on how your home is failing, your value set is underlined by an endless message from the world outside, about what is the true spirit of our age, how we should live. Change is good, transform your life!
Merging meaning with context
Architectural design is a manipulative process to arrange elements of the physical world, in a way that merges our values to give meaning. It's rarely a straight forward or definitive process. Often there are iterations, creative leaps, negatives and fuzzy edges. It starts with a set of values, those that come from within.
Creative design is more than applying trends. It’s a response to the higher-level challenges, an appeal to our human qualities, where we can share a story or a history, a narrative that imbeds meaning. It can be as simple as a metaphor or as complex as a novel.
A design over time
We seek a place to engage with the power and strength of artistic expression, over history. A living environment intertwined by ideas and concepts, form and materiality.
Our response is an eclectic installation. Decorative interventions, on edge but not necessarily harmonious or functional. Arbitrary juxtapositions, less about space and boundaries. It’s a story of living with history, to and fro.
A design to retreat
Our primary needs are safety, shelter and privacy. A retreat for peace of mind and comfort, a personal place to regain synergies, barriered from the outside world.
Our response is protected serenity. Defined spaces and boundaries, visibility and privacy, clarity and strength. References that orientate so you know to where you are. A metaphorical story of security and timelessness.
A design for action
“My home is more than where I belong, it’s where I am” Easy active, interactive and flexible. A silent backdrop that empowers me to do as I want when I want. Time is of the essence.
Our response is spatial flows, unimpeded, proximity and openness. Multiple functions, extended choice, embed capacity, unstructured. Flexibility for personal decision making, aided by artificial intelligence. It’s a story of energy, movement, directions and time.