The big challenge for architects and most design professionals today is to find the simplicity in a whole world of complexity. There is clear information overload in our modern times and everything is or seems complex. Focusing on simplicity is extremely important in the midst of these challenges.
This information overload permeates almost all design today and has even weaved its way into politics and proposed laws. As time progresses, this will become more and more prevalent in our daily lives. The challenges that designers face are the sorting and parsing of data, unraveling its complexity and construction a presentation that gives clients and the public, simple yet elegant solutions.
As with architecture, furniture design needs to:
- Never forget ergonomics because in the final analysis, if you can’t use it well, then it’s useless
- Should be simple yet elegant. Simple, so that ‘even a caveman understand it’ and elegant because humans have a need to see beauty in everything
- Reference the past. Don’t copy-cat. See the future in furniture, know the past mistakes and successes and create an unforgettable piece that will always be remembered simply because it stays with you ‘for life’
- The client is the instigator. Communication is key. Get all facts and needs clear as these will guide the design process. Only the client knows best what they need unless they’re undecided, then you the designer must lead. Do not lead without investigation and research.