Conforming to trends: You may as well just tick a bunch of boxes.

Is design becoming a series of boxes to tick, where the way space is assembled responds not to its time and place but instead to dated conventions that no longer truly resonate with client needs? At what point did design simply become a matter of choosing a trend and ticking boxes, with no correlation or responsiveness to the context and the intended function. As designers, we must ask ourselves, have we applied our expert knowledge to its full potential? Have we paused and listened with an unbiased tone to what our clients need from us?

Of course, having constraints to work within is important, because it is within these that good design functions. But effective constraints are the ones that consider ergonomics and anthropometrics, they are the ones that consider inclusivity, spatial function, and the site, so that project delivers on all levels, not just superficially. Constraints should not be what inhibits us from designing, they must not be a series of boxes to tick, that reference trends rather than the key requirements given to us. We must learn to work within the scope of each project while also pushing ourselves and our designs to be more responsive to individual client needs, not wants. 

Imagine designing without limitation by refusing to partake in trends, ones that are picked from a preconceived shelf of what a space should be as opposed to what it could be. Imagine always applying an integrative approach, one that values the opinions of key experts in the field, by allowing them to be present in the initial stage of the project so that questions can be asked, and solutions offered. Because only by pausing, adapting, and really listening to our client and individual experts can we create truly individual, meaningful, and compelling spaces. 

Valentine interiors + design. 

 

Seafaring twist!

Twin boys deserve a special room.
 
With a location close to the ocean, it only felt right to respond with a seafaring twist.
 
Deep tones of navy float behind the spotted eagle ray, while timber detailing in the bespoke furniture provides an imaginary escape…in tandem of course!
 
Photography / Loic Le Guilly
 

Emotionally connected to a home

Being emotionally connected to a home is at the core of most interior briefs.
This delightful space focuses on the family hub. Feeling good, enjoying the space and smiling at your surrounds.
 
We were able to achieve this by working closely with our client. Together, we have created an artistic expression, telling a story, moving through the chapters, one room at a time.
 
Photography / Loic Le Guilly
 
 
 
 
 

International Women’s Day

For International Women’s Day, we celebrate the ‘hero’ in Jane’s life. The woman she admired, the mum she loved and the artist who was an incredible inspiration on her life and business.
 
Lynne Andrews suddenly passed away before Christmas and we were all deeply saddened. At Valentine interiors + design we celebrate her everyday. Our studio is always filled with Lynne’s artwork, along with copies of her book Antarctic Eye: The Visual Journey, a history of the art and artists of Antartica.
 
If you are passing by our studio this week please pop in for a cuppa and complimentary copy of Lynne’s book, Antarctic Eye (or send Jane a message and she’ll place one aside for you), to help us celebrate and remember Lynne’s love of landscape, bushland and the exploration of wild remote places.