Room Sculpting and Interior Volumes

Many clients express some confusion as to what exactly an interior designer does versus the work of an architect or decorator. Simply put, interior designers are trained in understanding the construction methods relevant to the interior. That means they can make informed decisions that integrate the decorative elements more seamlessly into the architecture.

Architects carefully conceive the sculptural massing of the structures they design. As team members and interior designers, we want to respect that value and consider the sculptural nature of the interior volumes an important reflection of the original vision. Beauty is found in consistency and thoughtful design echoes the core ideas that inform the building. There’s nothing worse than an interior design and eventual decoration that is insensitive to the building!

However the building structure can present challenges. Daily, we solve problems relating to the often unavoidable exposed duct or structural beam that would otherwise be awkwardly covered in a bulkhead. Our goal is to integrate these elements into a continuous shape that serves to sculpt the space in a balanced and pleasing way. In the renovation of this 1920’s structure, we calculated the distances between exposed sprinkler heads to work out a coffered effect that hid the function and made for an appropriate design. Symmetry ruled!

Of course, symmetry is not the only way to resolve balance in a room; it is just the most traditional. Asymmetry must be balanced to be pleasing and in a modern environment can be far more dynamic. In any style of structure, the sculptural approach must be consistent throughout.

Jeffrey Douglas