Take a look at your bedroom. Is it scattered with laundry? Adorned with photos? Are you only leaving a sliver of space in the closet for your partner’s clothes? These seemingly mundane domestic scenarios may reveal a surprising amount of information about a couple’s relationship, according to a forthcoming study led by Lindsay Graham, a psychology graduate student in the College of Liberal Arts.
In collaboration with Sam Gosling, professor of psychology and author of “Snoop: What Your Stuff Says About You,” Graham and her team of student researchers will leave no knickknack unturned as they search for signs of a happy home — or possibly trouble in paradise.
Designs become icons when they embody the time in which they were created. The Eames lounge chair represented a midcentury shift to a more casual home life when many people still held “tea times” in formal living rooms. The invention of the Aeron chair in the 1990′s marked an era when a company could show that it cared about its employees by giving them the pinnacle in ergonomic seating. Today, with the launch of Herman Miller’s Public Office Landscape furniture system, Fuseproject, the design firm run by Yves Béhar, hopes to capture the spirit of our networked lives in a collection of chairs, desks, and space shaping components.
“We’re trying to reflect horizontality and creativity,” says Béhar. “Today, it’s not just the boss that gets a special chair. Because of improvements in materials and the way we approach design, everyone can have one. With the Public Office Landscape, we tried to capture this notion of collaboration and immediate access to ways of getting together.” On the surface the collection is stylish and airy, but below the polished aesthetics the system reveals a lot about what it means to be a modern office worker.
Size matters, especially in space-challenged houses and apartments.
And that means slimming down. Gone are the super-size sectionals, towering cabinetry and oversized everything.
A sense of proportion, size, built-ins and visual trickery is being utilized to embrace the big style-small space ethos is the next big thing in home design and furnishings, reports Saturday’s HomeStyle.
If there hasn’t been a decided shift at recent High Point, N.C., furniture markets, let us just say that rooms with smaller footprints will not be ignored. The good news is that the commitment poses even more ramped-up challenges to design furniture smartly, with an eye to size and proportions, multitasking, built-ins and visual tricks.
The goal: “a scaled-down collection of furnishings in sizes that work beautifully in more intimate spaces.”
“One of the wonderful things about having your own home is that you can create your life within its four walls. Whatever, whomever you want to be is entirely possible because you control the space, the colour, the design, and the style that suits best.
Graphic designer Sarah Jackson feels that way about the condominium she purchased in downtown Edmonton two years ago. Located in the historic McLeod building on 100th Street, just north of Jasper Avenue, her home reflects the urban culture that Jackson longed to embrace. Growing up on an acreage, she often felt isolated. When Jackson first moved downtown as a student to study graphic arts, she fell in love with being able to walk everywhere. So the fact that the McLeod doesn’t have parking is no problem at all; Jackson travels by public transit, bike or on foot, navigating downtown streets for everything from her morning latte to groceries. She loves the bustle that characterizes living in any city core.”