interior design [lecture 6]
mar 10 09
[guest lecturer: Pernille Grønbech, Interior Designer MDD + President Danish Designers]
after having taken four architecture studios back at MIT, this semester is my first foray into interiors — and it’s been fascinating to see the small differences in teaching, mindset, and practice between interior designers and architects.
‘tools of the interiorist’ that i had never really considered before:
> lighting fixtures, heating
> horizontal and vertical surfaces within a room/space
and a final lofty goal:
to solve the meeting between architecture and the individual.
(i didn’t realize that there was a problem to begin with?)
in the several danish houses that i have visited, i noticed a few distinctive points in the family’s overall attitude towards their home. first, there is a focus on details [salt and pepper shakers from menu in my visting family’s house was one of my first delights), but with a ‘less is more’ type of mentality. second, daylight is very important [of course], with placement of tables and sofas usually near a natural light source. home surfaces are always crisp, and many are made of wood, and therefore welcoming to the touch [tables, cabinets, etc]. i also noticed the prevalence of fireplaces and the use of firewood — also to create a warm, hygge atmosphere.
in my house in Bridgewater, New Jersey, you will find a round common dinner table, mix-n-match color schemes between rooms, large mix-n-match photograph frames, shoes by the door, definitely non-matching lamps and lighting fixtures, many different sets of silverware in usage, and rugs [not carpeting, because it is difficult to clean].
i guess what i would really want to explore more is what people from different cultures perceive as ‘welcoming’ in the interior design of a home.