“It’s something that architects and designers have wanted to do for years, but it’s always been ultra luxury, one off-custom stuff”, said Rob Roland in regards to non-traditional luxury designs, the executive vice president of Dana Innovations in San Clemente, California.
Talking about fundamentals here, design is what is visual, something that can be seen or touched, but when it comes to unconventional non-sighted designs it is a blank vision. When a designer comes up with ideas that challenges this fundamental, dynamic innovations are born. Patrick Mclnerney’s, an architect from San Deigo who took this concept seriously, by modifying his living room and ceiling as an extension to each other, with little difference in the structure. It is thrilling when there is provision of lights in the room but no switches, an illusion of fixtures on the wall but no hooks, there is jive in air because of the music but not really any player in the room. Mclnerney used “zero sighted” design techniques to nullify the effect of any clutter by fixtures both in and out. The stereo may be plugged in your closet, background power outlets, hidden wires seamed through niche, laser or automated switch, handle less drawers-cupboards-doors, camouflaged usage of wood, custom designed TV cabinets, etc. are some of the latest ideas entering the market.
The concept is to collapse the mix of too much in the room to little “visible” in the room. This attempt is not an early bird entry; and been prominent principle as early as 1990s. William L. Murphy’s Murphy Bed was a conceiving design; the changes made later in the decade may not be called improvements. Bouchara, for instance enclosed a degree of transparency through clear glass console table, easily confusing to infant minds, specially designed for kids. For Miller, a New York based architect it was fighting with fire, on his challenge to design a salon based on the “non-sighted” design. “The approach involved covering every surface with wood shelving (even the ceiling), creating what he called a “complex kind of waffle space”, Miller quoted.
But this may not be a universal adaption for the market as the major portion of clients are the ones who like their gadgets on display and valuable interior design accessories. The designer creates special corners and spaces to bring out the purpose these devices eject. This superficial display of décor and surfaces will never disappear. The TV although have trimmed down from its old box version to sleek screens but the liking of larger screens is constant which occupy the surface space. This doesn’t satisfy the urge to nullify clutter through transparent and minimal inner design. The remote controlled ceiling fan, lights and chandelier, bathroom showers and electrical fixtures might fit into the comfort zone but you cannot imagine a door without a knob! Its formation was never meant to be that complex.
The scope of “button less” machinery needs to break itself from the ultra luxury produce to the less robotic and accessible layouts.
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