New home formats

— Designing a home with rooms for different mental states.

Vaulted spaces make me feel less pressure

After spending time flipping through interior design books, I've changed my mind--again. It's okay to have splashes of color. It's okay to make pillows with bright patterns. My home doesn't have to be a sanctuary of calm. I'd been feeling a bit unstable and that's caused me to cling on to things, particularly ideas.

A few days ago, I found solace in Axel Vervoordt's works. Getting over the flu, I poured over the designer's spacious rooms in muted tones. It was so relieving to place my attention in soothing spaces since I was, at the time, easily triggered into frustration. My head was frazzled in my frail physical state and normal life was just too vibrant. It didn't help that I was recovering in my mom's basement, a clash of high contrast, mismatched textiles.

One of my favorite homes of all time is Ricardo Bofill's home, one the architect converted from a cement factory.

"Estamos organizados de las espacios de acuerdo de las actividades mentales y actividades psicológicas mas que por funciones o functionalidades de la casa típica."

"It is organized by mental activities and psychological activities rather than the functions of a typical household."

Why can't I have a home that's organized this way? I often eat at my desk. Why are homes designed with the assumption that eating occurs mostly in the kitchen and dining? Sometimes I need a calmer environment, for concentration or meditation--why not a room with just one color? Not all rooms need to be sunny and bright. There are times I get moody and want to be left alone. Why not have a room for that?

In the mood for warm sun or mood enhancement when contemplative

The two rooms that changed my mind, a yellow couch in Ramin Shamshiri's den, photo by Lisa Romerein and linen cushions sitting on a cushion made of finer fabric, photo by Bjorn Wallander/OTTO interior design by Jimmy Stanton of Stanton Home Furnishings. I found these rooms in The Finer Things.

Spaces play a role in relieving, rejuvenating, and getting in the spirit of figuring life out. It seems so archaic to design a home to impress and entertain.

I know I'm going to want several spaces to feel considerably more comfortable in, particularly when I feel weak. I'm not planning on getting sick, but I know I will be weaker as I get older. In times of health, I'll want to be in rooms with more energy, around designs that are more invigorating. Why not make all rooms into living rooms set up for different "mental and psychological activities."



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