Interior Design
Interior design & culture
How can we design an interior that relates to a culture?
Ahd Farahat
Interior design & culture
Using design elements adopted from the relevant culture; say, we have the dry region of Kutch in India. They use mud plaster on the house, and to decorate they create patterns with hands and tools when the plaster is wet; at times they embed mirriors in the plaster. This is one example.
Dushyant Nathwani
Interior design & culture
in Nusantara, timber houses built on stilts elevated above ground in the hot and humid climate - where dwellers often walk barefoot on the floor.

There is a culture to take off shoes before entering a house, and there was a custom to have a pot / 'tempayan' filled with water to wash their feet before stepping on the entrance step.

The modern house today would have a cabinet to put their shoes into before entering into the house.
Maya Sanskrit
Interior design & culture
There are several types of interior design which relate to culture: (a) Overall layout, such as the traditional division between Selamlik and Haremlik. (b) Furniture and function of spaces and (c) Decoration of surfaces, etc.

And another aspect of culture is the adaption of any culture to climate, weather and the environment. :)))
Frank John Snelling
Interior design & culture
It is even more interesting that this type of setting occurs in a different place than the original place of culture. In a recent visit to Murrakech though I have visited few hotels that brought in all the essence of Murakech in a way that may not all occur in one place...but it was a magnificent collection and absolute delight to be present in. You would definitely find the letenrs (in a lot bigger size than you would find normally), painted ceilings, tiled walls in mosaics, selected upholstery and furnishings and so forth. It was not used exactly the normal way, but in a slightly different way than the norm. What I am trying to say I guess is bringing elements of the original regions, including spirit and items and using them in a different way. This way it'll be inspiring even to the native who is used to see them in a normal setting.
Another example is specifying a Japanese tatami seating area as one of the lounging areas of an office buiding. This was for a Japanese microchip company located in Chicago. The spirit of the headquarters' origin was present in a different way using an element of that culture.

Do you agree on the use Frank?:)

I have another question to add to this discussion if I may.

How can students learn to be inovative without having to copy what they see of famous designers? Can that be taught? Let me know if I have to post that as a new discussion.

Mr Farahat, is this a general question or are you designing a specific project?

Regards to all,
Zainab Nakshabandi
Interior design & culture
Observation and sketching is the best way to learn about buldings and to learn to be different one needs to design actual buildings on sites.

They may not be erected but definitely models are to be prepared, detailed drawings are to be made. When any newcomer joins our studio, he/she works at least for six weeks like this, we all allow one to follow his/her individual style of orientation/placing of openings/detailing of openings and total volume control/drama of light and shade/elements of surprise used to get one's signature.

Than group performance and adaptation to present as our design.
Dushyant Nathwani
Interior design & culture
Adding culture to traditional interiors should not be difficult, Ahd.
Just add on material value to authentic products..

now theres a small economic law that must be enacted: bulk orders :high profile connections :honestly earned money ,such elements can buy you improved culture of 'traditional products'...

Now when your talking of making a diner in London you could plan to buy the table ware from Luxembourg and that is very exiting, but when you can buy empty the entire glassware ceremic cutlery stores of Luxembourg ,the culture of the traditional industry there is bound to improve..since i insist these are actually 'herediary arts' like Beethovan Mozart Handel were born in Musician Homes ,the son is today fearful of a tragic advancement that could get politicised by demgogues or trade wars and the father is stilling on his one attempt to create a self ,hence shopping off the entire market is a holy ghost and 'what god wants?
Traditional products at folk level have taste and cultural benefit, as when, you were shopping, the world you picture/photographed , has its own beauty, enchantment and simplicity, the music you recorded ..but when you will print the colors on silk instead of the raw cotton or added kaanch 'glass' instead of plastic that improves culture !
Sher Saddozai
Interior design & culture
Zainab, Good to see you again here. :) I do like the idea of using Japanese Tatami mats to define space.:)))

Design (or more properly the `principles of design`) can be taught. Therefore students learn the principles of design, then practice by analysing, duplicating and then creating something similar but innovative.

My own handy mnemonic is "ADOPT / ADEPT /ADAPT" also this can be abbreviated to OPT / EPT / APT.

In other words a student adopts or decides to follow a discipline, then becomes adept or practiced in the techniques of that discipline and then adapts creatively and intuitively. :)))

Every single human has the ability to create (positively / negatively), but knowing how to create something which is appreciated both by other people within a culture and by people outside that culture means that the principles of design need to be known and used.
Frank John Snelling
Interior design & culture
It depends on your clients requirements. Firstly you have to study his culture in details, do a extensive research on it and then you are capable to give him design options based on his culture. We have done this in one of our interior design projects in bangalore and we were quiet successful. Best Regards Hitesh Jain
Hitesh Jain


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