officeinsight: Random Walks
4.18.11 | The airwaves are carrying wisps of a renewal of discussions between IIDA and ASID about the possibility of a merger. Here’s a challenge: we throw down the gauntlet to all interior designers: Design Your Profession . . . and start by designing a new unified professional organization. If you don’t, someone will do it for you, for example, architects and the Interior Design Protective council.
3.28.11 | Thinking about the substance of a webcast panel organized by Steelcase, with Jim Keane, Roger Martin and Daniel Pink, as panelists, it occurred to me that the answer to elevating the importance of creative thinking and “Design” in business is not sending analytics to Asia, as suggested by Mr. Pink. It lies in studying how these two approaches and capabilities can be most effectively integrated and used.
Some Thoughts on the IFI DFIE Declaration
3.14.11 | The IFI DFIE INTERIORS Declaration is an interesting tapestry of what the profession is and what it aims to be. An obvious question is, “To what extent do my developing views on the definition of “interior design” accord with those expressed in the Declaration?
2.7.11 | Interior design – and, in fact, all design for the built environment – is purposeful. In this regard, it many be helpful, for this discussion, to categorize the major aspects of architecture and design into two areas, technique and purpose. It appears that now the profession is ready to begin, and has begun, the shift of emphasis from technique to purpose.
10.11.10 | Can aesthetics be analyzed? From the ancients to the present time, people have looked at aesthetics and their effects, both from a philosophical and historical point of view, and as a proper subject of psychology, that is, the human response to aesthetic offerings.
| We must address issues that are at the heart of interior design, but are too often ignored. One fundamental fact is that interior design is not a choice: we can’t avoid interior design; but every one of us chooses the quality of interior design. If there is an interior, there is no such thing as “no interior design.”
One of the most remarkable and distinctive capabilities of the human species is its ability to create its own environment in infinite variety. This is the great opportunity and challenge of interior design, and on a larger scale, urban design.
9.6.10 | While we all consider interior design as a positive force in the world, it is also of sufficient force and effect that its misapplication may produce considerable harm. Moreover, by its very nature, the interior environment, by design, can be, and has been, used to intentionally produce significant injury. A definition of the field must encompass this.
8.30.10 | In the public mind there is no understanding about what interior design is, not even confusion. So, at one end of the definitional spectrum we have the know-nothings. At the other end, we find the regulators and qualifiers, NCIDQ, the know-too-muchers or kitchen-sinkers.
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3.29.10 | In part I of this article, I suggested that interior design is bringing needed influences to the built environment to facilitate the age-old function of information flow. Branding and collaboration have become major themes. The growing scope and importance of branding was stressed by John Brinker, Gensler, as a panel participant on the Future of Design moderated by Cheryl Durst at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in NYC. (See Future of Design this issue.)
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