My excitement rose exactly with the ascension of a narrow indoor staircase, and then extended with that of a jaunty outdoor catwalk, finally opening to the rooftop deck of my dreams! The sound was incredible, so perfect that I hardly noticed my stiletto heels fitting perfectly between the slats of the deck floor. (I have comments about the lighting but that is another post.)
Last night, I attended the Monkey Loft, a performance venue in SODO. While a bit confusing to figure out where to go to get to the rooftop deck, eventually a nice person conceded to play host, telling all about the place, and how to get to the roof.
Dancing on my toes, with my eyes closed occasionally, and in good company entirely… well, it was as fine a night out as ever could be. What ends well, often starts me thinking about how the event experience began, at the entrance.
To go from a small space to an expansive one, makes sense when you arrive. Conversely, to go from an expansive space to small one, makes sense when you leave. This is a common rule in design, and you will see it all over the place. When the opposite is true, you will feel a bit odd, if you are paying attention at all. There are exceptions, and those interest me, too.
I have spent years toying around with decor and experience design, mapping routes about places for particular parties, and mulling over ways to get around walls that I couldn’t move. What I discovered were solutions to design problems. I think this is a big deal because design problems create conflict, and life is too short to suffer conflicts you don’t have to. Furthermore, great design can inspire people to live, create, and connect in ways that didn’t seem possible before. Great design creates opportunities!
Decorations are fun if they make a positive difference. I tend to identify items that “stand on their on” or that I love despite the context. Those tend to be the best decoration items, your style standards. Where to place them for maximum impact depends on the “skeleton” of the place you are fixing. For instance, if you’ve got the opposite: an expansive entrance leading into a small place–like I do–use the decorations outside, and keep a clean/empty entry inside, to mimic a space that satisfies the rule naturally. It’s surprisingly effective!
Breaking the rules can also be effective and pleasurable, but I cannot think of an example for this design scenario. You?
Be well (dance!)