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:

> furnishing
> color
> lighting fixtures, heating
> ‘decoration’
> 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?)


arne jacobsen's famed room 606 at the SAS Radisson, the only room left as it he orginally designed it in 1960

0503 project fox

a tad more contemporary: this is room 414 at Hotel Fox, designed by E-Types, a Copenhagen brand agency. (their self-description: "E-Types are the functional scientists amongst the Hotel FOX artists and revel in the cool, sober discipline of their room designs.") Hotel Fox has an awesome concept - each room is an individual piece of art, uniquely designed by an emerging international graphic designer, urban artist, or illustrator.

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.


One Response to “interior design [lecture 6]”

  1. I work a lot with interior designers as well as homeowners and get a lot of inspiration from them for my designs and art work. After being in the business of paint for more than 30 years I still find the designers the best source for new trends……..

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