Interior design has been around for a long time. Even before people realized that this is what it was. Quietly in the background. Serving, not shouting.
More and better
It is in our nature to want more and better. Long ago, our ancestors were happy enough to be sheltered from the elements. As the shelter extended their lives, it gave them time to ponder and wonder about how things had come to be and how they might be in the future. Some people used this pondering for good and others – well, history is full of people who did other things.
The age of wonderment unveiled scientific discoveries that advanced humanity and at other times held it back. But in one area, the arts, pure and applied, people shared the beauty and insight of being human. Of all the fantastic human achievements, superstructures, expeditions and discoveries, if you can’t find a comfortable bed to sleep in or an easy chair to sit in it is difficult to find the patience to appreciate these ‘bigger’ things.
This is why the insides of buildings and their furnishings are possibly more important than the outside. Certainly on a daily basis. They have more effect on us than the outside, because instead of wowing us they woo us. Although in the past we were out and about more, in the present we spend more time indoors. When we lived in the fields and with our livestock our appreciation of the world was different. Yet even ancient cultures who did just that, tending crops, understood the importance of creating places to work and live that influenced their mood and attitude.
They had come to realise that we can find inspiration and encouragement in objects made by the hands and hearts of others. So that having some of these things around us is beneficial to mind and body. Design for inside. Interior design.