Famous Interior Designers and Their Styles in Interior Design – Part 3

Modern Interior Designers

Jean Royere Jean Royere is often considered to be one of the all time great French famous interior designers. His career spanned from 1931 to 1970 in which he opened galleries on 3 different continents for the sole purpose of exhibiting his designs. His list of clients included some of the world’s elite and royalty where he was entrusted to design the interiors of palaces and some of the most exclusives houses in the world. He was also a world redounded furniture designer and his works were displayed in various art galleries and exhibitions.

Jed Johnson Jed Johnson started his interior decoration and design company in the 1960’s from Andy Warhol’s Manhattan house. He was to undertake projects for the celebrity clients including Pierre Bergé, Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Richard Gere, and Barbara Streisand. In 1996 he was awarded the Interior Design Hall of Fame Award as recognition to his remarkable contribution to the profession.

Verner Panton Verner Panton is generally regarded to be the most talented Danish interior designer and furniture designer of the twenty first century. His not only characteristic of the 1960’s, they helped to define the furniture and interior decoration styles developed in the era. His work was often considered to be modern ad futuristic, utilising vivid colours and technologies of day. He was the first designer to create the ‘form-moulded chair’ which was constructed in plastic without the use of joints. He is considered to be one of the most important contributors in interior decoration and design in the 20th century.

Terence Conran Terence Conran’s contribution to architecture and interior design has enabled him to win a great number of awards. He is the founder of the highly successful ‘Habitat’ furnishing chain which grew to 36 stores in Britain France and Belgium. He also founded the Conran Design Group in 1956 and went on to establish the leading European interior design consultancy, Conran Associates. One of his most important projects was the renovation and restoration of a large historic riverside area of London. He has also authored many books on various subjects, although mostly on interior design.

Kelly Hoppen The multi award winning interior designer, Kelly Hoppen, is recognized as a modern day trend setter in the world of interior design. Her style is renowned for its individuality, simplicity and excellence where she incorporates colours and shades inspired by nature to give a luxurious timeless and simplistic ambiance. She is also a respected author on the subject, successfully publishing several best selling books. Although her designs are varied and dynamic, she is perhaps most well known for the signature ‘East Meets West’ Style.

Mauro Lipparini Italian Mauro Lipparini is another eminent interior designer. He is probably best known for his ‘natural minimalism’ style. Lipparini’s style is characterized by wonderful touches of pleasure and joy. His use of bold colors and innovative visual ideas conveys several elements of the artistic. Lipparini has made several commendable contributions to the industrial design industry, including developing products for Japanese and European firms of high repute. Accolades that he has won in the course of his career include the International Du Pont Award Koln and the Young & Designer Milano.

Ron Arad A celebrated name from the Middle East that has graced the interior design world and met the needs of the rich and famous is Israel-born Ron Arad. Ron Arad achieved popularity in the 1980’s for being a self-taught maker and designer of sculptural furniture. He is the creator of the Ron Arad Studio in Como, Italy and his works appear in many architectural and design publications across the world. He has also exhibited at a number of galleries and museums.

In Part 4 of this article – which can be accessed through the ‘Article Source’ link below – we look at the careers of celebrity interior designers including Rachel Ashwell, Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen, Linda Barker, Nina Campbell, Tara Bernard.

New Zealand Interior Design

In terms of architecture and interior design, New Zealand is a relatively young country when you compare it to the likes of America and England. The design choices, both interior and exterior, have traditionally mirrored that of the countries where most migrants originated from – predominantly the Pacific and Europe. However, over the last few decades New Zealand has developed its own tastes and architectural design elements that blend together the built environment and the unique surrounding natural environment. To compliment this style, interior design has also changed. New Zealand has created its own style that celebrates its heritage, and combined it with modern touches and creative flamboyance.

If you look back to the first half of the 20th Century, New Zealand homes were decorated very sparsely. Traditionally interior decorating included antique furniture, floral print fabrics, fine bone china and sparsely decorated rooms. By the 1940’s state housing was predominant and interior decorating remained minimal.

Post-war immigration during 1950’s could be seen as a starting point for subtle changes to our interior design choices. New Zealand experienced a large influx of immigrants leaving post-war Europe, including architects who brought with them the principles of the ‘modern’ architectural movement. At this stage Scandinavian designs were also taking the world by storm – both for exterior design and interior wooden pieces.

The 1960’s and 1970’s saw the beginning of more Pacific influences in design. Colourful and adventurous fabrics started to make their way into New Zealand homes. These fabrics complemented the new ‘open plan’ living and ‘indoor-outdoor’ flow of homes that started to emerge during the 1970’s. At this stage New Zealand’s distinct design tastes began to emerge.

By the 1980’s there were a broad range of architectural styles available – colonial, American colonial, Cape Cod, Ranch, Swiss, Japanese and English country, Mediterranean, to name a few. As a result interior design also started to become more creative, and many consider the mid-1980’s as the coming of age of interior design in New Zealand.

Over the next three decades New Zealand homes became truly international. All designs were tried, and architects also started to construct houses to fit New Zealand’s unique environment. Homes were built to maximise sunlight with main living areas facing north, allowing more natural light. The open-plan look became the most popular with less internal walls and better flow, again taking advantage of natural light. And New Zealand’s popular pastime of entertaining around the barbecue meant the popular indoor-outdoor flow was here to stay.

As a result, interior design changed also. Over the next three decades designers mixed all the cultural influences of European and Asian migrants with Maori and Pacific design, to emerge with what has become a distinct New Zealand style. Many homes started using fabrics and patterns that mixed outdoor elements with indoor décor colours. Interior designers combined different patterns and textures to bring homes to life.

Now you will find a mix of interior design choices in New Zealand homes. Floral, stripes, Maori koru and weaves, earthy tones and bright pacific colours all cleverly blended together to create a unique style. As well as the popular Pacific theme, many modern homes combine classic or antique pieces with modern décor, and retro interiors are also currently in vogue. Fabrics range from classic linen, cotton, and silk to new fabrics such as bamboo, merino and possum fur (sourced in New Zealand).

This comfortable blend of Pacific, Asian and European styles celebrates New Zealand’s cultural heritage. Combined with modern touches and creative flamboyance, New Zealand has truly created its own unique architecture and interior design.

Designing For Life – Architecture and Design Psychology

Design psychology is the use of psychology as the fundamental principle for design decisions in architecture and interior design. Cultural patterns of architecture reveal many fundamental principles of design psychology. A group of architects led by Christopher Alexander compiled what they learned about architecture around the world into a book called A Pattern Language (1977, Oxford University Press). This book discusses virtually every aspect of buildings including entrances, windows, hallways, fireplaces, kitchens, sleeping areas, home offices and workshops, walls, and storage spaces.

The research done by these architects revealed the need for people of all cultures to feel safe and nurtured in their homes, neighborhoods and towns. Simple patterns for positive environments included things like designing rooms to have light coming in from at least two sides and more than one entrance or exit if possible. Our eyes are built to handle visual processing with multiple light sources rather than a light from a single direction. This makes seeing more difficult in environments where light is coming from only one direction. In addition, we have an instinctual need for an escape route and recoil psychologically when confronted with cave-like rooms where we may feel trapped.

A closely related field to design psychology is proxemics, the study of cultural differences in personal boundaries and space requirements. Proxemics is intimately connected to design psychology and the placement of physical dividers such as doors and walls. In offices and homes alike, a social order is established by proximity. The offices that are the most distant from the waiting room and closest to the boss are for the most important staff members. Likewise, master bedrooms are usually the most distant from shared spaces such as entryways and living rooms. The rooms closest to the kitchen, family room and gathering areas are for those lowest on the totem pole, usually the children.

Proxemics also has much to do with issues of privacy. Those who have important activities and conversations to engage in need to have their space. When material dividers aren’t available, visual and auditory clues can serve to define boundaries. Signs, frosted glass, bells and intercoms can serve to separate places where others are welcome and places where they must have permission to enter.

Design psychology and feng shui share many principles. Although the two approaches often come to the same conclusions, they differ in their foundations. Feng shui practice generally relies on a combination of tradition and intuition and design psychology generally relies on a research model. It could be argued that feng shui is a right-brain approach and design psychology is a left-brain approach. Perhaps a combination of these approaches with equal measures of common sense and practicality will yield the best solutions for architectural environments that meet both the basic and higher needs of their inhabitants.

Renovation and Interior Design: Making Your House “A Home”

If you visit any popular tourist destination, you will see beautiful masterpieces of architecture, renovation, and interior design in the form of magnificent skyscrapers, landscaped gardens, shopping malls and plush hotels. Spending time at these places is an aesthetic and visual treat making you return for more.

Renovation is undeniably the most important element in making your house your ‘home’. You spend most of your time at home for safety, solace, and relaxation. The way your home is designed accounts for the way you lead your life. A busy schedule at work leaves you often very tired and flustered. You crave for a change in environment to de-stress in the company of your loved ones.

In many countries today, people have no option but to reside in high-rise apartments which offer limited space. Creating space for your household goods in a way that it does not hamper your daily movement is often a tedious and time-consuming task. Making the most of limited space is a creative task and most often requires engaging professional help. Thus, renovation comes handy and useful in making the most of your living space. It allows you to spend more time at home by making your daily living comfortable and pleasurable. It is a long-term investment aimed at ensuring years of happiness.

Choosing the Right Interior Designer

The first step before renovating is to choose and hire the right interior designer for your house. Some tips that can come handy and save you any problems in the future are –

1. Keep your options open – You must contact at least three to four interior designers and obtain their quotes. Ensure that you specify the same requirement to each of them so that you get a fair idea of why and what they are charging you. You must ask the designer regarding the quality of materials to be used, the time frame and services while obtaining an estimate. Do keep enough time in your hands to carry out the renovation so that you don’t end up paying a higher fee.

2. Check for registration – Registration with the housing authorities will ensure that your interior designer will be able to obtain any permits and handle any technical issues that may arise during the renovation of your house. If you live in a private residential property, you may be required to obtain approval from organisations such as the Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) and the Building & Construction Authority (BCA) for some types of renovation works.

3. Read the contract carefully – While reading the contract you must ensure that every item that has been discussed is included in the contract, there are no hidden costs and you have read through the fine print carefully.

4. Supervise the renovation – This will help you to identify any lapses and bring it up during the renovation. Also, you will maintain a good rapport with your contractor.

5. Payment terms – Do not make payments upfront. This must be done in a progressive manner through the duration of the renovation. The balance payment should be made once the project is complete. Keep all receipts of payments to avoid any problems. Tell the contractor if you are not happy with the standard of renovation.

By keeping the above points in mind before hiring an interior designer, you can ensure that the renovation of your house is a hassle-free process.