Use the distribution to transmit modernity
From our study we claim the importance of distribution for the success of any interior design project. Perhaps it is due to the profile of our training, since both the project team and the production team are formed by training architects who have been interested in interior design in their professional career.
In this sense we vindicate the importance of starting from a good distribution. As we used to say in our study, it is about “solving the project”. To find the layout of the spaces that best suits the needs of the client and the characteristics of the property.
Every project has 4 main restrictions that we must take into account to find the best proposal in every way.
The administrations regulate what we can and what we can not do in order to preserve technical safety, health and in some cases the heritage of the properties we inhabit. In this way, we must comply with certain measures and provisions if we want our project to comply with current regulations and be eligible for all the certifications required for the first occupation.
Restrictions inherent to the property
Sometimes, trusted customers ask for our opinion before launching the purchase of a specific property. With this we ask our opinion about the possibilities of a specific home or premises taking into account the regulatory restrictions, but also those of the property. We refer to its orientation, its situation on the farm, whether it has humidity or not, the materials of the structure, the disposition of the downspouts and load-bearing walls. The conditions of the property will determine to some extent what can be done and what can not be done, as well as give us clues about the essential volume that makes up the third restriction.
This variable does depend directly on the client. How much money do we have available to invest? In all cases, our clients aim to maximize their budgets, achieving the best result without overspending. This is a fundamental part of our work, because our clients do not have to know the price of each of the actions required to reform a home or premises. In any case, there are certain parameters that thanks to our experience we already have by hand and let us know the approximate costs of the production of a certain space. In some occasions, budget restrictions are in contradiction with the will of the clients in terms of qualities or actions required. In this sense, the approximate budget available is a parameter that we always require from our clients. It determines to a large extent the scope of the project, especially in regard to the type of quality of the materials, as well as the furniture.
Restrictions for the briefing
The briefing is the cornerstone of each project. Sometimes it is the property itself that “asks” you for certain actions, such as an abstract case for a typical family or as we sometimes see in our studio, in housing for the rental market. In these cases, we rely on a typical client to generate a type distribution that maximizes the use of space and the conditions of the home or premises. But in most cases, we start with a detailed briefing by our clients that we take care of gathering through meetings, conversations, meetings and even questionnaires. We obtain a set of information that also determines aspects of the project.
The most important aspects of the briefing refer to the way of life of its inhabitants, what practices are common or would like to perform. I like to read and to watch movies, I love cooking, taking care of plants, I get up very early and everyone sleeps, … On the other hand, there are more prosaic aspects but they are of fundamental importance. Open or closed kitchen? Shower or bathtub? Bidet? Parquet or porcelain? From the most generic to the most concrete. These are aspects that we take into account when designing our spaces to achieve a perfect fit, as well as comply with the rest of the previous restrictions.
A well-distributed dwelling is a useful, efficient and adapted dwelling. As architects and interior designers we put our technical knowledge and experience at the service of our clients to design and build spaces that are the best possible to the briefing of our client maximizing the possibilities of housing and the budget. The distribution is central in this purpose, as it will allow us to take advantage of the space taking into account the needs and lifestyle of the client. An updated distribution is a guarantee of durability over time. It is the “body” that we can then “dress” in different ways depending on the fashion of the moment. So the distribution leads us to a more fundamental notion of modernity, not linked to the decorative fashions of the moment.
How can we distribute your home so that it looks modern? How can we make a home inspire modernity?
Open to space
If there is a clear trend in terms of modernity, this is the creation of open and wide spaces. The hallway, the closed kitchen or even a specific room for the dining room or television are becoming less frequent. If before the spaces were encapsulated, they were located in rooms, nowadays the spaces share surfaces and overlap in multifunctionality in favor of gaining a greater amplitude of spaces.
It is about maximizing the available space but not in an intensive way. That is, it is not necessary to try to get a maximum of pieces, whether rooms or bathrooms. But maximize the sense of space in areas with greater use.
We put the qualitative rather than the quantitative ahead. While it is true that the qualitative varies over time and may seem circumstantial, it seems the safest bet at the time of making a large investment as is a comprehensive reform from an interior design project. Our lifestyles will continue to vary, but it certainly does not seem plausible that we raise walls again and lock ourselves in rooms of small dimensions to the detriment of the widest and brightest open spaces.
Some rooms, previously indispensable, now merge or diffuse into other larger spaces that in turn end up expanding the total available area. Since spaces are shared, everything that remains between one area and another is added to the area we are using and the total perceived. The kitchen seems wider than it is because it is inserted in a larger space and especially because we incorporate part of the dining area in use. The same goes for each one of the zones contained in the same open space. Separately we lose feeling of space, together we unquestionably win it, even if we lose perimeter surface. We lose walls to gain sensations. In any case, with low furniture, half height or glass divider we can find resources that make us not miss any partition getting maximizing the overall feeling of space and light fluency. We always have the option of adding a sliding door integrated into the furniture to add modularity to a space and have the option of closing the kitchen or transforming a small study adjoining the living room into an additional room.
These principles serve both for the day or social area of the home with the already classic set consisting of the living-dining-kitchen ; as well as for the night or private area with the increasingly common: bedroom-dressing-bathroom .
Orient with lighting
To what does all this mania respond by throwing partitions and looking for more open and diaphanous spaces that interior designers have today? The feeling of space is a central reason but this could not be understood without a better use of light. Having natural light is valued as a very important asset for any home. This leads us to distribute the house according to the light , that is, the openings to the outside that we have, the orientation of the house in reference to sunlight and our daily practices. If something characterizes modern distributions in the organization of housing is the distinction between day and night zones and therefore according to the orientation of the Sun. When do we enjoy more of the room? Morning afternoon? Weekday? Or only on weekends?
In the same way, the thermal incidence of the Sun influences the energy efficiency of the house and the use of the different spaces during the different seasons throughout the year. Because throughout the year the incidence of the Sun can be variable and requires different adaptations of the house to specific climatic conditions.
Furniture for a customized distribution
Undoubtedly our ace in the sleeve is the custom furniture. To maintain an order and a spatial hierarchy in the home, we can choose to separate the rooms with the design and production of custom furniture . The low or half-height furniture that leave open space in its upper part allow us to distribute the open space without losing visual amplitude and the flow of light. In addition, starting from a specific tailored design allows us to imagine the best possible solution, making the most of the available corners and meters so that the result is unbeatable. A diaphanous space can be distributed thanks to the furniture keeping the perception of being in the same general space.
Tailored furniture allows us to open passage areas, separate areas according to their preferred uses. At the same time we distribute the storage according to the needs of each space within the set. Some drawers next to the dining room, a shelf in the living room or a kitchen island that opens a passage between the kitchen and the perimeter replacing an old partition that separated the kitchen from the hallway distributor.
The different uses of a room will require more or less separation from one space with another. A multifunctional furniture – such as a wardrobe, a shelf or a hanging structure – will allow you to differentiate areas and, at the same time, have an alternative solution to walls and partitions.
We claim to achieve a good distribution as the best way to make the investment that an integral reform supposes. Then we can paint, change furniture or even change the tiling of the bathroom or parquet to update our home; but throwing partitions and installations is something else. The best guarantee of timelessness for our home is to find a good distribution, a layout of the spaces that perfectly adapts to the characteristics and location of the house, as well as to our ways of living.
If we also accompany it with quality materials and organic aspect that survive well the passage of time and fashion, we will have a space prepared to remain modern for a long time.