From the perception to the successful 'disegno'
When we are talking about design, our words focus most of the times to the action of creation. Depicting an idea that we have been thinking about. To design is not a momentary action that can either take place or not, but the perception that leads to a contemporary design involves a constant wondering of what it could be in front of us in a specific moment in time.
The collection of each person’s images through experiences and flaws in our everyday life is the process with which we unconsciously demand an innovative design, a change. In terms of interior planning, the procedure of creating a scenery of action according to the needs of the individual is a complex task that one has to complete by combining personal beliefs with the provided materials in each situation. The creation of a pleasing result regarding the aspects of aesthetics and functionality has not been the task of a specialist until recent years, with the industrial progress bearing the credentials for the birth of this new profession. Architects, builders, craftsmen were the ones that until the dawn of the 20th century had the responsibility of planning the interior of a house and adding the decorating details.
"One of my strongest convictions, and one of the first canons of good taste, is that our houses, like the fish’s shell and the bird’s nest, ought to represent our individual taste and habits.”
Mary Haweis, English feminist author.
By 1890 the most important aspect in interior decoration, furniture, offered a great business opportunity to various craftsmen that created their own firms and tried to meet the increasing demand of middle class for different furnishing styles. With the aid of illustrations and the massive applications of typography all the new products were advertised in brochures and posters, making known that there is a freedom of choice according to your personal taste. In 1915 the London Directory listed 127 individuals trading as interior decorators. Standards and practises for decorative arts, qualifications of the profession and other regulating aspects were stated by organisations in 1950 across Europe and the US with the purpose of removing the secondary role of interior design in the homebuilding.
Today interior designers acquire knowledge and education both of technical issues and of the detailing composition of an interior space, resulting to a functional and safe environment for the end user. As a profession it has still a long way to evolve and break free from the Art Deco and the Modern era of design, find its grounds to bring up contemporary elements in residential and commercial arrangement of space.
People are always influenced by the surrounding environment, in a parallel way of thinking though, the creation of the ideal environment should always take the first impression from the realistic needs of people in the specific point of time. How can this be stated in the vocabulary of design and form? An ellipsis may be an oval shape, but as a reminding of the initial designing process, in Greek it literally means, a lack, a shortage.