What is Interior Design?

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Usually we tend to associate interior design with selecting paint colors and other decorative elements. But is that all that interior design entails? As I mentioned here, design is way more than that.

Google’s dictionary defines interior design as:

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Interior design is the art or process of designing the interior decoration of a room or building.  But what does designing really mean?

Let’s see what good old google says:

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Yes, to all of that Mr. Google!

Personally, I see design as a process of evaluating needs and finding solutions.  I think need-problem-situation is the reason we create, design and invent. It’s human the human thing to do! The design process is in my opinion just a form of the scientific method.

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Based on Pile’s criteria good design is based in function, materials and aesthetics.

Function: We have all heard form follows function. Simply put, function should solve the “problem” that we are designing for.

Structure and materials: The composition of the design should be appropriate to the function, it should be reliable, durable and I dare to say sustainable and promote the wellbeing of the user.

Aesthetics: This is the one, I think, can be a little tricky. Usually when we think of aesthetics we think of beauty and how it can be relative to each person, period and/or culture. But when it comes to aesthetics, a good design should present a visual quality that informs and connects with the user.

Now, when it comes to interior design, other criteria could be included. According to the Council for Interior Design Qualification (CIDQ), “interior design encompasses the analysis, planning, design, documentation, and management of interior non-structural/non-seismic construction and alteration projects… interior designers have a moral and ethical responsibility to protect consumers and occupants through the design of code-compliant, accessible, and inclusive interior environments that address well-being, while considering the complex physical, mental, and emotional needs of people”. Based on this definition interior should not only concern about, function, structure and aesthetics but how these affect the wellbeing of the user.

Do you agree or disagree with any of these definitions? What does design mean to you?