Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Style with Sense

Welcome to my blog! The big idea behind this blog is smart, beautiful and intelligent design for interiors and living. Design for today's world must not only be pleasing to the eye, it must also be sustainable, sensible, enduring and intelligent. True style must make sense.

One of the discussions I remember most from one of my interior design classes is defining the word "design." What separates an item that is truly "designed" from another that is not? Behind objects that are "designed" are people who put careful thought and research into how this object will look like, and how it works. They can be limited-edition designer items or mass-produced, but what separates them is the thinking and engineering that went on before their creation. These are the gadgets and appliances you keep using because they make the job easier and the furnishings you keep and move from one home to the next because they look as good as when you first purchased them years ago.

In my kitchen, I have this silicone-coated wire whisk from Crate and Barrel.  It makes whisking white sauce in a Circulon or Teflon-coated saucepan a breeze. The stainless steel handle does not heat up and the whisk components bend just right. My saucepans are all coated, so this whisks my sauce into smooth perfection without scratching my pans. Simple tool, intelligently and beautifully executed. Designed things are things that work.

To be continued . . .