Thursday, April 10, 2014

Form vs. Function

In design, two of the most basic elements are form and function. I was mulling things over today, thinking about design in general and how it applies to different people and different spaces. For me it really breaks down to the two most basic elements of form and function.

Sometimes when working on a renovation it can feel like this is an either/or situation. You feel that if you let functionality win, you may have to settle when it comes to the form. Likewise, you feel that if form wins out, then you are compromising on the function. 

I do not agree! This is not an either/or, but rather a symbiotic relationship. These two elements are lifelong friends that have learned to work together!

To break down that last graphic, decide how you are going to use the space, is it for entertaining, working, etc.? Will it serve a dual purpose? Once you have decided what the use is, see how you can achieve a space that meets your needs while finding stylish pieces and elements that bring the character of you into the space.

What forms do you see in your space that help or hinder the functions? Can you think of any ways to combine the use and style to get these elements on the same page and better your space?

1 comment:

  1. I love this concept! I'm going to have to think about this before we repurpose the former study as a dining room...