Design is in the Details!
Recently, I found myself reminiscing on the days when I was a student in Paris - when I was working long hours with my peers drafting, drawing, cutting, gluing, building, and drinking coffee all night to be ready to meet the faculty the next morning and present our ideas. I would think “I really got this one! This is it! I am sure of it”. A few days and nights of hard work never hurt, did it?
After walking into our building designed by Renzo Piano Boulevard Raspail, we would go to one of the open floors and sit on stools around large tables. Here, we would present our projects to the teachers. Of course, they would take the time to listen to our presentation with very neutral facial expressions and then would exclaim “Que se passe-t-il ICI?” What’s going on HERE? They then would point to the detail you hadn't even considered....
We were constantly challenged to push the details in our drawings. As students we were mostly focusing on our “brilliant” concepts and were aggravated that the faculty was never satisfied. Our young minds weren’t aware that in the real world, when working with clients, pushing the details is what brings your design to another dimension. Oh well, isn’t it great to be young? La beaute de insouciance! The beauty of being carefree!
Bye bye Paris and school! Bonjour la vie!
As Charles Eames famously said "Details are not the details. They make the design."
Many times when I present a concept, the client usually believes the design is 90-100% done. But to the detail-savvy designer, the work is only half the way there. You can see the groundwork, foundation, and feel of the design in front of you, but you know it’s just not finished. Details can be realized through lighting, material, finish, texture, even the layout of the stone or tiles.
When do details come into consideration during a project? In our process, it's the second phase - the design phase. This is the schematic phase where we have the concept approved and we start generating drawings. In every design, commercial or residential, it’s the details that take the vision to an extraordinary outcome, where skill and creativity flourish.
As designers, we care about our craft and our ideas that meet our client's vision. We’ll take the extra time, perhaps working late into the night, as we all have, and add the touches that we know will make our work really shine for our client. Our ultimate goal is that the space we design reflects the personality of our client, bringing details that belong to their concept to make their project unique!
Let us transcend your space and work on the details for your project!
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