The family is very environmental conscious and would like to employ every passive solar aspect that they can within, throughout and outside the home. They would like to have the home as self-sustaining and energy saving as possible. Also because of Roark Janofsky, the father, being wheelchair bound, they would like to have barrier-free space […]
Design has always been around, it just hasn’t always been under guidelines and theories. The Chauvet caves, France (30,000 BC) , showed people’s innate need for color and design in their lives, with handprints, beautiful animals and abstract forms of line and shape, from the very beginning.
Reasons for this innate need:
1. Africans south of Sudan pass on the TRADITION of painted walls and creating relief designs. Only women learn this art and it is passed and carried into each daughter’s new home and family.
2.EXPRESSION OF BELIEF in the community and SOCIAL INTERACTION, is created by tying in designs from cloth patterns, field furrows, animals and plants, etc.; include abstract design.
3. CONTROL OF THE ENVIRONMENT through colors, line and forms. Design is in the details and it shapes the mini universe that will be inhabited by anyone that enters.
One of the first Interior Decorators realized the innate human need for design at a young age. “I was an ugly child and I lived in an ugly age,” wrote Elsie De Wolfe in her memoirs. “From the moment I was conscious of ugliness and it’s relation to myself and my surroundings, my one preoccupation was to find my way out of it. In my escape, I came to the meaning of beauty.”
Elsie De Wolfe used all three innate needs in her design. She changed the drab Victorian Style which included densely patterned wallpapers, heavy velvet draperies, dark woodworks and hideous bric a brac to rooms that were painted in light fresh colors or wallpapered in delicate Chinoiserie prints.
1. TRADITION: She loved the look of eighteenth century French and English furnishings, choosing for the first time in America, softly upholstered chairs, which one could actually sit comfortably in, rather than the tortuous Victorian era chairs that had preceded them.
2. EXPRESSION OF BELIEF/ SOCIAL INTERACTION: Elsie was also intensely practical. By removing most of the ugly clutter that accompanied the Victorian style of décor, she was able to entertain more guests in comfort, something that she loved and did extraordinarily well.
3. CONTROL OF ENVIRONMENT: “I opened the doors and windows of America and let the air and sunshine in.”
Take a page from Elise De Wolfe book and design with your innate needs in mind and you will be surprise how you are inspired and what becomes of the mini universes that you are creating.