Designing for Stuff | A Balanced Space

Stuff, matter, material.

Minimalism (Less is more) has gained popularity over the centuries, while it started back supporting the Modernism movement, it is something that stays strong until this day and has been on the rise since 2010. Maximalism (more is more) on the other hand is most common especially with the rise of social media, telling you what you need and what is missing in your life through social advertisement and influencers, there is always more stuff. Before getting into the balanced design and styling of spaces, attached below is a video for some laughs, relevant to the blog post.

Stripping away of material things can be hard and in contrast, the excessive ownership of materialistic things can also be harmful, and always finding the balance of both is key.


How is this relevant to interior design?

when designing homes, restaurants, hotels, any type of project actually we should be fully aware of how the space will be used in the future. Often times, you find greatly designed restaurants with randomly placed carts because they needed more space for cutlery or glasses, or misplaced furniture around the house because the family needed extra storage.

This is what happens if this is not taken account of when designing, is the addition of irrelevant pieces of furniture, that clutter up the space because it was not thought of initially and was not part of the design.

There is a constant crave to be minimal and have magazine like rooms in our houses, but that’s almost impossible. The photos are pretty much staged for the picture, just like prepping a model. On the other hand, there is the complete opposite of over accessorizing coffee tables and nightstands where it becomes unrealistic in the livability sense of the space, because there is a need for a space to place your water bottle, throw your keys, a bowl of popcorn, and all the things that make a room look like its lived in and not staged. Its a great challenge for designers, but not a difficult one. Balancing the design and styling creativity, with allowing room for livability and personalization, creating the sense of space people crave in their surroundings, a good example would be this styled Anthropologie console.

Let me know what you think in the comments below and any additions would be great.

مينيماليزم ظاهرة كبيرة و منتشرة فكرتها من كم سنة  بس قد إيش واقعي يكون المكان اللي إحنا عايشين فيه مينيماليست و كأنه صورة من مجلة؟ الحقيقة إنه هادي الأماكن اللي تكون بزيادة "فاضية" غير واقعية و تفقد كتير من الحياة

و العكس صحيح لو البيت مليان أغراض حنلاقي نفس المشكلة مافي هوية للمكان
التوازن الصح يكون من المستهلك للمكان و المصمم ليه دور كبير في إيجاد التوازن دا، بحيث إنه يتصمم المكان بترك فراغات للمستهلك يقدر يضيف فيها لمساته الخاصة و يزيد إنتمائه للمكان اللي هوا فيه

شاركوني رأيكم و إيش ممكن الواحد يعمل عشان يلاقي التوازن المهم دا




The title image is the work of Cinta Vidal’s Latest “Viewpoints” Series [Los Angeles]. find more of his work here.

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