Work by Peter Deij
Do you make compromises to get on? Do you find that disagreement just seems to soak up time like a great big sponge? In order to move forward in life, we have to minimise the number of debates we have about every detail we come across. Not that Goldilocks paid any attention to this as she fussed about porridge and chairs and beds, looking for that which was just right. We simply don’t have the time to stop and think about everything, I hear you cry. But is there something to be learned from this uncompromising fair maid? Are we too ready to settle for less?
Makers of things have to have a clear idea of what they want to achieve and then create it without compromise. That does not mean that everyone works from a plan or drawing, but they do need at least one single unadulterated thought that provides focus if they are to make something worthwhile.
Same for designers
In making things there is a constant stream of questions about whether or not to compromise. It is a temptation that is all too easy to succumb to. So makers have to decide what it is they want to say and discard anything that detracts and retain what amplifies and strengthens. In the applied arts (art of the real world) it is infinitely more satisfying when a table is level, a book shelf can actually support books and a chair is comfortable to sit in. Wouldn’t you agree? But it should never comprise its beauty or intrigue. An object should always dictate how it should be made so that it can inspire and comfort you day after day.
Be aware, compromising can become a habit, a reflex. It is said that too much of a good thing can be bad for you. The good news is there is more bad than good. So why not treat yourself to something perfect in its own way. Something made without compromise. Something that is just right, for you. Welcome to the Goldilocks zone.