A wise person once told me that editing is the most important exercise of design.
Sometimes, not editing can result in a finished work that “reads” like a woman who has on too much make-up or a man who has on too much jewelry – in both cases, neither the women nor the man fully understand their natural beauty. I guess they feel the extra’s somehow make them enough.
I believe the same is true for architecture and interior design.
Recently my husband and I spent a weekend at a boutique hotel in a city outside of Albany, GA for our baby moon (short vacation before the arrival of our 2nd baby). In its attempts to be hip, cool and fresh, every square foot in the lobby of this hotel was "designed" - which, to me, resulted in a visually noisy and jarring atmosphere. A catalogue of materials – carpet, stone, concrete, metal, glass, silk, boucle, plywood, bamboo, velvet, resided in this lobby hotel (see below). The issue here is not to focus on the name or location of this highly styled hotel, but rather the question the hotel caused me to ask myself - when is design in general just too much?
Comprehensive design at its best can be quite a sensual experience – calling attention to sight, sound and touch. I believe the best designers are generalists and agile in their approach to design. At the same time, they are connoisseurs of things that are of particular interest to them. seamless is a blog intended to document my investigation towards the type of practice I want to build: a practice where the lines of architecture and interior design are blurred or, shall I say it? seamless..