Five Key Elements To Good Design | Ode to Ballet

We as a firm run on the believe that there are key elements to keep in mind when designing. These elements will take your design from everyday design to good design. We believe that these can also be applied to good art, good cinema, good ballet.. pretty much good though provoking anything. The core idea to these elements is to enable something to inspire, provide thought and emotion. It is this characteristic which earns the label of good. Each element listed below when used together, will result in this desired outcome.

Element One: Inspire

Scene’s, note’s, song’s and paragraphs are intended to be memorable. This intention is not different when designing a space or room. The motivation is to inspire thought, reflection and most importantly, action. While these actions and thoughts don’t need to be world altering revelations, they do need to encourage the enhancement in quality of life. Creating a room or building that does this will result in this is a core principle of the studio. Its all well and good to make alterations to your home, though inspiring a change that will alter the quality of life is irreplaceable.

Element Two: Emotion, “Move You”

The second element is the element of emotion. A great example our director Alex noted the other day is the ballet. Going to the ballet or a play is suppose to provoke some sort of feeling to the viewer. It could be sad or it could be laughter. Obviously when creating a space in your house or work the goal is to create a happy, calm and over all healthy environment. If you have designed a room which makes your client smile and relax when they walk into it, than you have done a good job.

A Swan Lake By Alexander Ekman – Image Sourced


Element Three: Continuity

Continuity is the relationship that establishes a mean for understanding the space. It is widely know that disjointed movies, objects and spaces can create a sense of unease. In serious cases it can make someone very uncomfortable and upset. Always keep in mind when designing a building or home to create continuity or link between one room to another. Whether that be using the same colour wave throughout or reusing a tile as a point of interest in multiple areas. By doing this, it creates a sense of comfortability and safety, because the space actually feels safe.

Element Four: Space, aka Breathing Space

In line with the above note on continuity is the idea of space. In the literal sense. Space, aka breathing room allows an occupant the opportunity and the luxury to relax and breathe in a room. Humans instinctively love white space, when we type documents we also put a pause to allow for contemplation, and to also keep the user relaxed. The same principle goes for rooms and buildings. You need silence between the notes, otherwise everything can get overwhelming.

Element Five: Context

Give the building and home context to its surroundings. This links back to the idea of continuity. While sometimes its fun to play around with transporting the user to a different place or time, its also important to maintain that consistency of inside and outside. We try and achieve this from taking a design motif unique to the suburb and repeat it throughout the interior of the home. Our paddington terraces are a great example of this. It grounds the project and the user to earth and to present day.

When starting a project, we also analyse a site to pick out how we can use the existing circumstances to achieve the above elements. Think about the goal, good design and think of these elements. This formula will allow for the wanted outcome. Take a look for our project gallery to see if you can pick up on where we have tried to achieve them.

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