Window Furnishing Ideas
The concept of Organic Design is not new, but in recent years the phrase has become more prevalent in the design vernacular. Organic Design of Window Treatments is a concept for which I have a grand passion. The three ideas of material, function, and fusion behind Organic Design of Window Treatments warrant a deeper discussion for improved use in every project.
Organic Design & Window Treatments
Organic Design: Material
In its simplest form we refer to materials that come from nature to be of “organic design.” In the window furnishing community these refer mostly to woven wood materials such as reeds, bamboos, grasses, and jutes. The implication of these fabrics is that they are “of the earth.” Transformed into roman shades, drapery, and sliding panels (among others), these fabrics exude a woodsy, earthly tone. Slight imperfections are inherent in the makeup and wave of the material, enhancing the natural character of the fabric.
Moving further from the direct concept of organic material, we are also faced with additional substances that can be considered Organic. Wood shutters (some of which are renewably harvested and milled) also fit the idea of Organic Design. Professionally stained shutters in the right environment deeply complement organically designed spaces. Furthermore, even linen drapery fabric fits the definition as the material is said to flow naturally as it hangs in the kitchen, bedrooms, and even the living room.
Ultimately, any fabric or material that exhibits a natural or non-synthetic look and feel can be said to be, in some way, organic.
Organic Design: Function
A deeper interpretation of Organic Design is in looking at how the window treatment functions as a natural extension of the user’s need. A client looking to achieve a certain level of solar control and protection, for example, may utilize a sheer fabric roller shade to cut down on the ultraviolet radiation entering the space. This shade was selected to achieve a certain function within the space, and it does not matter what comprises the fabric makeup.
Automation of window treatments can also be thought of as exhibiting organic design. Shades that raise and lower at certain times of the day to follow the position of the sun can easily and “organically” control the heat gain in the room. The user does not even need to think about the design or the function of the treatments. They just work.
If the overall feel and aesthetic of the room is enhanced by the use of the right shade solution, organic design has been achieved.
Organic Design: Fusion
With any window treatment the ultimate goal is to shape and control the natural light entering a room. This must always be balanced with a deep understanding of the amount of artificial light needed or desired. It is through these two variables that the proper shading control solution can be determined.
However, so often the window treatments simply become an afterthought. Usually the budget has almost run out, and there is little if any time left to select a proper shade, blind, shutter, or drapery before the client takes possession of the space. As a result, window treatments often get selected that do not properly reflect the balance between natural and artificial light control.
For organic design to be a true function of the future of design, the designer must embrace the complete methods of using light in a room. Consulting with a window treatment professional during the selection of lighting, paint, and other fixtures can greatly enhance the overall use, function, aesthetic, and value of the room and property.
One Step Further
The design world is filled with experts who specialize in unique offerings to enhance the project. Architects draw and do not purchase. Contractors look at the drawings and have only a little regard for the interior finishes on the project. Electricians many times seek to plan for their own systems. Flooring specialists just want to know when they can install the carpet or tile. (Most Window Treatment companies are no different. They only seek to find answers pertaining to their own timelines.) It is the realm of the Interior Designer to select the proper finishes and interior components to make a project really flow. And in most circumstances, these Interior Designers think of the individual sub-contractors as just that, individuals.
Projects in this new era of design are destined for error if the Interior Designer does not work to diligently integrate all these skills and specialists for the overall benefit of the client. True Organic Design takes a 360-degree view of all the needs and wants of the project, and through the Interior Designer, these ideas come together and work with one another to achieve something far better than any one specialist could provide.
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