Ambiguity and Nuance in Interior Design

December 9th, 2013 Jana Manning

This weekend I had one of those experiences that transports.    I can describe it as tuning out the usual input to dial up other senses.

I experienced it at  the exhibit, “Forty Part Motet” at the Cloisters museum, a sonic/sound exhibit perfectly set in a medieval chapel.  http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2013/09/13/cloisters-features-innovative-choir-installation and http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2013/janet-cardiff

The physical setting and glorious sounds were perfectly harmonized, but I found it was not understanding the latin lyrics that allowed me to experience it in a more sensory and nuanced way.  Not preoccupied by the words being sung, I was free to fully experience the sensory combination of rich sights and sounds.

So something in our surrounding that is ambiguous and we can’t quite label releases us to simply experience.  To stop labeling and start experiencing.   Fast-paced, contemporary lifestyles of interior design clients in NYC and NJ demand interior design that enhances well-being through such nuanced environments.

Dramatic shadows from a hidden light source is one example specific to interior design.   Paint colors or carpet colors that shift with the light and remain impossible to label with one or two words are another form of ambiguity in interior design.

This ambiguity is usually the indefinable richness in a designed space.  I’d love to hear where you’ve found ambiguity and nuance enriching to your senses!



3 Comments on “Ambiguity and Nuance in Interior Design”

  1. 1 MICHAEL Michael Kors Jet Set Chain Python-Embossed Shoulder Tote said at 5:56 am on May 9th, 2014:

    Good day! This is my 1st comment here so I just wanted to give a quick shout out and say I truly enjoy reading your blog posts. Can you recommend any other blogs/websites/forums that go over the same topics? Thanks for your time!

  2. 2 Jana Manning said at 6:30 pm on June 13th, 2014:

    Thank you for your comment. As interior designers of residences, restaurants, retail spaces, and offices, we specify a very wide range of product. For a look at some cool product, generally for design of public spaces, I suggest visiting the architonic blog. We can find lighting, furniture, finishes, hardware, etc. there. Nice to hear of your interest in interior design!

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