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DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH & KNOWLEDGE RESOURCES
EDITOR Kerry O’Leary
ASID STAFF MANAGING EDITOR Jennifer Lipner
Michael Alin, Hon. FASID
Michael A. Thomas, FASID
Is Design Relevant?
“Good design is a renaissance attitude that combines technology, cognitive science, human need and beauty to produce something that the world didn’t know it was missing.”
– Paola Antonelli, curator of the Museum of Modern Art
THOSE IN THE interiors profession
PUBLICATION DIRECTOR Erik Henson
PROJECT MANAGER Megan Sapp
NAYLOR TEAM PUBLISHER Jill Andreu
Karen Berube, K.Designs
DESIGN & ART PRODUCTION
Oswald Cameron, Sam Ezeji
are often confronted with whether interior design is actually relevant to anything important in the big scheme of things. At some point, I suspect each of us has had to carefully explain in detail what we do, the role interior design plays in the built environment and how appropriate design solutions translate into a more productive workplace or into an increased quality of life. Over the last several months, interior design has been particularly challenged. Economic situations have caused designers to evaluate the virtues of the profession and even contemplate new ways of doing business. The profession has been asked to do more than just inform, but seemingly to defend interior design against those who would place designers in the frivolous role of “pillow placer.” And the everincreasing abundance of TV shows has trivialized the very process of design to the level of a game show. Thankfully, the collective voices of the profession have stepped forward to validate interior design, document what it does and explain its relevancy. Educators Caren Martin, FASID and Denise Guerin, FASID have compiled a wealth of data through their study of the interior design body of knowledge. Volunteers with state design coalitions have passionately explained to legislators the role interior designers play in protecting the health, safety and welfare of those we serve. And professional groups like ASID, CIDA and NCIDQ have emphasized the importance of education and examination in raising the design profession to an even higher level. If there is a missing component in any of these conversations, it might be one directed to the client, consumer and end-user: design creates happiness. Happiness is that state of mind characterized by satisfaction, contentment and the psychological and biological responses to one’s environment resulting in a positive sense of well-being. Research clearly indicates that happiness elevates the quality of life,
brings out the best in our emotions, enhances relationships and increases productivity. In an article in the February 2008 issue of the Journal of Career Assessment, authors Julia Boehm and Sonja Lyubomirksy write, “A wealth of research suggests that happy and satisﬁed individuals are relatively more successful in the workplace. For example, happiness is related to income, favorable evaluations by a superior, helping fellow workers and social support from colleagues and supervisors.” Alain de Botton writes in his book, The Architecture of Happiness, that one of the great causes of happiness that often goes unmentioned “…is the quality of our environment: the kinds of walls, chairs, buildings and streets that surround us.” Certainly, “happiness” can be seen all around. The work of Santiago Calatrava in his interpreted sensual forms of nature, the bent titanium sculptures of Frank Gehry’s buildings and the organic interiors of Fallingwater by Frank Lloyd Wright all evoke a sense of joy and connection to the environment. The interior design community must continue to deﬁne, defend and communicate the important role that design plays in the human experience. It is imperative to the profession to qualify our roles in the built environment for others to embrace. As designers, we will continue to spend a lot of time ensuring that the design of a space, in all its dimensions, is harmonious with its objective of function and in the relationship to a building’s shape and site. But, should we not consider happiness as a part of the design criteria, and then in the larger vocabulary, the relevancy design plays in the human experience? i
Erik Henson at (800) 369-6220.
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EDITOR Leslee Masters
Mike Hisey, Bill Lovett, Patricia Nolin, Marjorie Pedrick, Mark Tumarkin
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