I can’t help myself any more, and it is getting a bit annoying. Whenever I see something that I think is poorly designed, I can’t help but to start to redesign it.
Perhaps thankfully in most situations this redesign is limited to the confines of my head and being, but I do enjoy indulging in how the layout of a city could be improved, how my office could feel better to work in, and how the flow my home could be enhanced.
For Kate Challis , (@katechallisinteriors) my guest for this week, the linkages between the design of the places we live and work in, and our mood and wellbeing, is front of mind for any of the interior spaces she designs.
While we may not always be aware of it, the things we see when we wake-up, the colour of our rooms, the manner in which we move through a space, all contribute to how well we are, our relationships, and what we create and contribute to this world.
During our conversation Kate reflected on her own design style, and that some have noted she doesn’t seem to have one identifiable look. This she takes as a compliment, as she sees her job as a designer to connect with the person for whom she is designing, creating something that reflects their personality and needs rather than her’s.
In a culture where sameness, not standing out, and ease of resell are valued more highly than expression and personal congruence, Kate hopes to be part of moving us away from this mediocrity and blandness and towards a mindset that brings an every day awareness of design and our relationship with it.
Kate is a good friend of mine and it was a privilege to be able to sit in her studio and the office of her husband (both of which she designed of course), and talk with her about her life in design.