A holistic design approach makes a space whole. Without the holistic outlook, a space is just as good as the 4 walls its enclosed by. The approach considers our emotional attachment to the space and to accommodate emotions in design we follow a few principles.
- Design Around our Senses.
First and foremost, all of our 5 senses have to be given due consideration while designing a space. The five senses viz sight, smell, sound, taste and feel should put us in a zone of comfort while in the space we occupy and if that is not the case, it causes a discord which we might not even be able to trace back to the fault in the design of the space.
- Design for Comfort
Comfort is what we all humans innately seek and all our actions are intended to further the level of comfort in our lives. Objects that we accumulate or acquire often comfort us especially in the case of personal belongings and thus we are attracted to them. We designate a certain value to an object when you can connect with it, and its value increases manifold if it can comfort you. Objects of such kind can be paintings, furniture, wooden embellishments and so on.
- Design Centred on a Focal Point
A collection of objects, as mentioned above, cumulatively form a focal point. Hence the focal point becomes a collection of objects that reflect your personality and nature as a human being. The objects weave together a beautiful story about your personality and traits around a unique focal point that pertains specifically to you. Such an approach causes you to see objects and situations in a new perspective. The same old objects placed differently will now allow for your eye to have new experiences causing comfort and evolution of positivity.
When you are looking at your focal point you develop an emotional connect to the objects that constitute the focal point rendering the use of the corresponding space quite meaningful for yourself.
- Materials Involved in Design
The material of objects of your focal point and those that occupy the space around you can tip the energy either way. We use purely natural material during the design and construction of the spaces we work on, causing occupants of the same, to enjoy a direct connection to nature. We evolved from the natural to the forests of concrete but somewhere along the way we forgot our roots all together. We strive to strike the perfect balance between the natural and the faux to extract maximum comfort and satisfaction when using a space.
- Biophilia in Design
“Biophilia – is the desire or tendency to commune with nature.” As humans, we are always inspired by nature and try to bring elements of nature into our spaces and environment. The sight of natural forms and patterns add beauty to the experiences of our personal space. Better ventilation, illumination through natural light, integration of plants or in some cases even illusions of natural objects instantly rejuvenate and revitalise the people within a space.
- Design with (and for) Care
The crux of holistic design is care. How you take care of your space is of utmost importance. The care given to the maintenance and upkeep of a space is one of the most integral aspects of holistic design. “If you take care of your space, your space will take care of you.” The way you feel is largely dependent on how tidy or clutter-free the space around you is. An image of your immediate environment is greatly superimposed in your mind and therefore a clean surrounding leads to a clean and productive mind.