Give me an empty space, a blank sheet of paper, a pencil and such and before a few minutes have passed lines seem to appear from nowhere. When I go into a home, an office a business I am ‘space aware’ and as we all know, ‘nature abhors a vacuum‘. Of course there is no such thing as true emptiness per se because life constantly expands in one form or another and each replacement consumes what existed there before its demise or diminishment.
Walking into the house now on a regular basis, emptiness confronts me. I stand in a doorway and stare into the space and wait for an idea to materialise. I’m anxious for the questionnaire answers to come in to see what pieces people feel would be essential for them in their living area. Visiting two homes recently it was obvious the residents did not have a coffee table when the host brought in a tray of coffees, teas and biscuits and had to bend to put the tray on the floor in the middle of the room. Magazines and books too lay on the floor next to armchairs because there was no other place for them. Was it minimalism or that they had not got to purchasing a coffee table yet? Perhaps…could it be minimalism? maybe too it could have been cost. These were unasked and unanswered questions that I had. Personally I like coffee tables. Then the question came to me ‘Should my coffee table design be a flatpack style?’ Many millennials moving house might do so in a taxi or even on a bus here in the UK. My mind is racing now. Am I building just for me or am I building for a world of people in search of establishing that something yet to be defined?