The Magic of Design

Hello Everyone!

I was chatting with some other designers the other day and an interesting topic was brought up. We were talking about how the latest generation of designers seem to concentrate on the individual parts of a design instead of the magic that happens when everything is put together. So, that's what I'll be discussing with you today: Magic.

Design is an art

The first, and possibly most important, thing to remember is that design is an art. I don't mean that in a purely abstract way, though. It is literally an art form. According to dictionary.com, art is "the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance." Therefore, interior design is just as much art as a painting, sculpture, a handmade quilt or a concerto.

So, let's break this down slightly. "Beautiful" and "appealing" are pretty obvious. No one really wants an ugly living room. The most important part of the definition I gave you is the "more than ordinary significance." That's where the magic happens.

Making Magic

What makes art art? It's more than just looking nice. Most people agree that art is meant to evoke an emotion. It is there to help you feel something. If there is no emotion, then it may be a technical masterpiece but will never truly touch someone.

But what does that have to do with your house? Well, what do you want your house to emote? Do you want to feel a certain way when you walk into it? Do you want to feel like you are home or just at a hotel. Hotels are beautiful but generally pretty generic. A good designer can take those same beautiful elements and create a room that feels warm and comfortable, one that feels like it's home. One of my friends said that "it's not only about finding a solution... it's about being able to solve a problem and triggering an emotion."

Where did the Magic go?

This brings me back to the original idea, that fewer and fewer people know how to create that