We have spoken at length in our previous blogs on the relevance of graphics in contemporary interior design , and even traced the roots and evolution of graphics down the ages. However, all this talk would be meaningless and just for the archives if we did not actually use it in a practical way. As a leading interior design firm in India, Synergy has the onus to keep abreast of the latest trends in all aspects of design, be it functionality, aesthetics or work ethics. Being a design and build turnkey firm, we have the unique capability of delving deep into any project , big or small, and seeing it in a 360 degree view. We have used graphics as an integral part of our design approach since before the time they became a trend. You could say that ‘We practice what we preach!’
‘Man is a social animal’ – this statement by Aristotle was used for human kind in a sociological context but it can be safely and specifically applied to the design profession. Architecture and interior design is a very ‘social’ profession - right from brainstorming, making and discussing conceptual designs as a team, taking ‘crits’ from seniors and colleagues, multiple revisions, saving and sharing information and ideas, meeting vendors, arranging samples, market and site visits, and of course client meetings - it all involves social interaction and meeting people on a daily basis. What we do as architects and design practitioners revolves around interacting with each other, working individually and sharing it socially.
“The mathematical sciences particularly exhibit order,symmetry and limitation; and these are the greatest forms of the beautiful” - Aristotle
Mathematics is a subject not easily associated with interior design, especially once the bothersome, formidable entrance exams, where maths is a prerequisite subject, are over. But once you start looking closely, math is all about ratio and proportion and what is architecture and design if not that? Rational spacing, precision, the right ratio of length, breadth and height of a space- all contributes in creating the perfect scale and perception.
We as Architects have to constantly keep abreast of the changes in the world and its impact on where and how we work. There is currently a big phase of transformation in the way challenges are addressed when it comes to the conceptualisation and design of modern working environments.
Like we promised last month, we’ll be discussing a bit more in detail some of the trends that affect workspace design. Lets begin with openness and transparency as well as flexibility-all an integral part to the modern office design.
We briefly talked about the 5 trends in office design in our first blog and today we’ll elaborate on one of the most relevant ones. Sustainability and Green living as a whole has been much talked about in recent times as people are becoming more aware and cautious regarding it.
When I was asked if I could write some blogs for the Synergy website, I jumped at the opportunity excitedly...after all, I love writing in my journal, pride myself on being a grammarista and have written the occasional restaurant reviews. But when I got down to thinking of just the topics, it was a different ball game altogether.
The art of communication is what gave humanity the ability to express themselves. The simple fact of conveying ourselves paved the way for great successes and is the key to human survival. However, speech isn’t the only way we interact, there are several non-verbal interaction such as expressions, gestures, body language, art and artistic representation. One such means for communication is via design. Design in any form, be it architecture, paintings, graphics or user interface design, is just a mode of conversation. Simpler and more impactful modes of delivery of thoughts are tools that take humanity forward, like the tool of Graphic Design. It has a soaring range and is steadily being used and incorporated in many platforms, encompassing us in many forms, prompting that ‘Design is thinking made visual!’
In the preceding blog, we discussed how impactful Graphics can be in Interiors. Here I would like to continue with the same topic ‘Graphics’ however, take a big step back and jump with you into a ‘Historical Journey of Graphics in Interiors’, full of facts yet not boring!
Having information about the roots and evolution of graphics provides contemporary designers the power to inspire and develop innovative ideas. I know the word ‘history’ makes you want to doze off, but I’ll try my level best to keep you high on information.