There is a very popular design trend in homes and offices for contemporary looks. This is marked by very sharp edges, and sleek and straight looks. As we’ve already seen the philosophy is all about function and a minimal approach to the placement and use of furniture.
The appeal comes not from the decoration or from the desire to be decorative but is instead derived from the appreciation of the objects form and function and place. It is an interesting design philosophy that is based in appreciation, reflection and sense of space. Furniture serves a purpose first and foremost and its simplicity and exact placement causes the visitor to reflect on it and the space around it.
The dining room:
The dining room can be a great place to extend and exhibit this design philosophy. It is a room that many people do not very often use in their home. It is very often reserved for special occasion, when special dinners are prepared and company is over. Quite often when the dining is not used for these occasions it becomes only a workstation for ourselves or our children, various things placed on top of the table and have nothing to do with the main purpose of the room. Sometimes the room is entirely ignored.
Because of this it is a perfect room to extend the minimal style of this popular design. A simple dining set of a table and chairs can certainly show the function and subtle design that is most appreciated. It is a room where we don’t really need much furniture and accessories – a dining set and shelving unit can be enough and we can have even only a dining sets which match or compliment square window dressing, such as made to measure roller blinds which carry the square look – if you prefer curtains use traditional styled Swish curtain track rather than wooden curtain poles as are round – not square!
The furniture can be minimal, only what is needed to serve the evening and perhaps only a couple of additional furniture pieces. The square design – having objects placed in purposely sharp angles to each other and creating a sort of perimeter – really does open space, very useful in urban living where spaces tend to be smaller. But even more so, it increases space to be appreciated in relation to the pieces. Place a square or rectangular designer rug under the table; chose those with a dark, distinctive border to once again define the perimeters.
This is sort of what drives the design, as it is subtle and reflective. It is reflective in that the person viewing it is not only reflecting on the pieces and their function and their relation and placement to space, but it forces the visitor and guest to reflect upon their own space and relation to it all.