Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Lesson On What Not To Do In Furnishing A Room (Despite ALL Pretense of Credentials and Authority to the Contrary)

     This picture above is from Rug News Magazine ( http://rugnewsdesign.com/blog/2011/09/14/designers-notebook-laura-casey-charlotte-nc/ ) and provides the first of what -- unfortunately -- will likely be numerous lessons here on the Brandon Oriental Rugs blog of  "What Not To Do" in interior design, especially as it relates to bad choice or poor use of area rugs. The example above comes from an "ASID Affiliated" designer in North Carolina, and clearly demonstrates how to junk up a room.
     The fat-chair and sofa combo jammed in the corner on the right side looks like an attempt to sell the maximum number of pieces of furniture to the client, and has very little to do with good design practice. The glass top table asymmetrically positioned is also somewhat bizarre and purposeless. Next, compare the little bitsy chair to the left of the fireplace with that big green battleship-size piece of seating on the left side of the room: that exponential difference in scale is a real no-no (unless this house belongs to the Three Bears.)
     I don't see any people in this room, and it's likely for good reason. Sitting in there for more than a minute or two could really put stress on a person's mental health. There's no integration of elements. The eye can rest nowhere.
     In fairness, any individual element in the room could be a starting point for a comfortably designed space, but done this way (altogether too much) it's a mess. The room really runs up the score if the goal is to be anti-aesthetic.
     (I hear the ASID is trying to force states to pass licensing measures requiring design practitioners to pass licensing exams and meet certain education and experience standards in order to conduct business. If the mess in the picture above, wrought by one of their members, is considered a passing grade, no one need fear the challenge. However, if it is exemplary of the standard to which all will be expected to conform, then EVERY interior design professional -- regardless of professional affiliation -- should object to the efforts of the ASID to make itself arbiter of who can earn a living by -- as we see above -- "throwing a room together".)
     Quality matters. Good and bad quality both manifest themselves, but in different ways. (Declines in cultural standards have led many to believe -- wrongfully -- that "it's all good.") Good quality is evident in the words we use when we appreciate its presence: beauty, harmony, integrity, excellence. These are appealing impressions it makes upon our minds and spirits. It can't be faked. Attempts by misled, agenda driven individuals to put a stamp of "quality" -- as in "good quality" -- upon things which possess or convey bad quality doesn't fool anyone who appreciates good quality and the benefits it inherently brings.