Ten Principles of Good Design

Dieter Rams for Braun

I finally made it to the SF MOMA this weekend to see some exhibits that have been on my list. It’s been quite a few years since I’ve been there, but I hope to make it more of a frequent stop since I’m so close now. The exhibit I was most excited to check out was Less and More: The Design Ethos of Dieter Rams. Rams is one of the most influential industrial designers of our time and reading though his ‘Ten Commandments’ was very inspiring as I’ve always wanted to ‘create’ and hope to someday have an extensive home decor line.

Rams was originally recruited by Braun as an architect and interior designer, eventually becoming their lead designer. During his time at Braun, he was encouraged to design modern furniture for companies such as Vitsoe, which resulted in the infamous Universal Shelving System (which will one day be mine).  I hope you find these inspiring as much as I do…

1. Good design in innovative

The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end itself.

2. Good design makes a product useful

A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional, but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasises the usefulness of a product whilst disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.

3. Good design is aesthetic

The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products we use every day affect our person and our well-being. But only well-executed objects can be beautiful.

4. Good design makes a product understandable

It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product talk. At best, it is self-explanatory.

5. Good design is unobtrusive

Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.

6. Good design is honest

It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.

7. Good design is long-lasting

It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.

8. Good design is thorough, down to the last detail

Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.

9. Good design is environmentally-friendly

Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimises physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.

10. Good design is as little design as possible

Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials.

Back to purity, back to simplicity.

Dieter Rams for Vitsoe

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Vintage Spaces

Vintage Spaces Retro Interior Design Striped Dining Room

There are so many ways to interpret stripes and I love these stripes because they create an architectural illusion making it look like there is a soffit. How you like them stripes?!

Image: BHG Decorating Book

Merry Merry!!

Vintage Christmas Interior Design

And to all a good night!

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Music on the Mend – Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse Black and White Photo

When I hear the name Amy Winehouse, I automatically think ‘hot mess’, but a hot mess with a damn good voice. I can’t say that I was ever drawn to her bitter, sarcastic personality or use of profanity, but I have enjoyed her music over the years. Her talent was undeniable and you know I like the throwback-doo-wop sound. Her rendition of Our Day Will Come on Lioness is a current fave of mine and has definitely been on repeat.

Music on the Mend Amy Winehouse Interior Design

Obviously, I’ll never be able to design a space for Ms. Winehouse, but if I could, it would be full of bright colors and patterns to reflect her ‘colorful’ style and personality. Think lots of leopard, checkers, houndstooth, polka dots, florals and stripes. Retro with the kitsch and fun included.

amyinterior 1, lamp, chair, interior 2, rug, end table, pillow

Vintage Spaces

Vintage Retro Interior Design 1960s Kids Room

I’m in serious Christmas mode so anything resembling the holiday puts a very big smile on my face. If only I could have these chairs for my Christmas time entertaining…OR maybe I can travel back in time to be a kid in this delightful playroom. Either way works for me!

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Vintage Spaces

Vintage Interior Design Living Room 1960s Red Teal

When it comes to red, I’ll admit I haven’t used it much in my designs. Even for Christmas decorating, I stayed away from the traditional color, but I’m happy to let you know that red and I have become better friends. I especially love the red in this Vintage Space and how it’s mixed with the teal, jade and seafoam. I see a little more red in my future…

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Vintage Spaces

Vintage Interior Design Diagonally Striped Carpet

They sure don’t make floor coverings like they used to. How amazing is this diagonally striped carpet?

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Green & Red

Vintage Style Green and Red Interior

I’m recovering from Thanksgiving week and getting geared up for Christmas! This is seriously my favorite time of year, although my normal traditions have been thrown a little out of whack since the move. No fear, I’m slowly regaining my holiday self just in time and this room is helping me get in the mood. It’s Christmas without being too Christmas, green with just a touch of red. How are you getting ready for the holidays?

Hi, Lo & Lolo

Eclectic Traditional Dining Room

The Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck is, and has been, the new classic of chairs. I believe it can find a home in pretty much any style, from traditional to modern, Spanish to industrial, or bohemian to french country (assuming you like an element of surprise). For those who can afford the real thing, lucky you. And for those who cannot, there are some good to pretty close options out there. After all, great design should be a luxury to everyone!

Starck Louis Ghost Chair

Hi – $410

Ghost Chair Clear Acrylic Stackable Arm Chair

Lo – $135

Ikea tobias chair

Lolo – $79.99

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Music on the Mend – St. Vincent

St. Vincent at Treasure Island Music Festival

If you’ve been following my blog and tweets, you know I’m a huge fan of Annie Clark from St. Vincent (read major girl crush city, usa). I saw her for the first time last month at Treasure Island Music Festival and she did not disappoint. Not only is she so purdy, she is talented as heck and plays almost every instrument under the sun. St. Vincent’s latest album, Strange Mercy, will have a special place in my heart because it will always remind of the time in my life when I moved to San Francisco with my little family. Her songs make me happy and sad and I don’t think she would have it any other way.

Music on the Mend St. Vincent

In designing a space for Ms. Clark, I would play off colors like a deep eggplant, mixed with a touch of coral and gold accents. Her home would be a collection of unique antiques and modern finds…a little fancy and a little raw. It would be light and dark, just like her music.

St. Vincent (me), interior 1, chandelier, interior 2, cup, plate, console, interior 3, art, chaise

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