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Wrriten by: Redacción Sordo Madaleno | September 11, 2017

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The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) has a major and significant presence around the world, and its various awards programs distinguish the best practices in contemporary interior design.

A few weeks ago, the winners of the awards for the Latin American edition were announced, with several Mexican projects receiving accolades. Among them was our very own JSMH Apartment by our Interior Design Department. It won the award for its high level of creativity and excellence in design in the Latin American and Caribbean region, according to the IIDA.

We thought it would be interesting to draw attention to a number of ideas published in three articles on the IIDA’s website, which help to understand and improve contemporary interior design practice, and underpin our own philosophy of design.

Sense and Sensibility by Janet Liao
  1. As shared spaces become cultural melting pots, architects and designers are charged with working more closely with clients to harness the cultural environment of those using the space.
  1. It’s essential that spaces speak well to different audiences and that they do not inadvertently offend any of them.
  1. Designers must be sensitive to how diverse users will respond to their work,
  1. Design need to create a sense of belonging for the users, that their individuality is appreciated.
  1. The pre design process entails interviewing stakeholders about strategic goals, as well as researching the makeup of the client’s workforce to understand its culture. Taking time upfront to conduct interviews, site observations and focus groups may be tedious, but it pays off.
  1. Culturally sensitive designs that engage users through thoughtful selections of material, colors, patterns and textures not only enhances their experience but also contributes to the long-term sustainability of a building.

Spa en el Hotel Grand Hyatt Playa del Carmen. © Paul Rivera

Come to your senses by Catherine Warren Leone
  1. It makes sense that interior designers are turning to sensory design, an approach that focuses on addressing all five senses in a space.
  1. It’s important for interior designers to raise their perception of sensory data and not just focus exclusively on the visual aesthetic. By recalling their own sensory experiences in their designs, interior designers can create more human built environments.
  1. Design that speaks to the senses can evoke comfort and relaxation, causing end-users –customers or otherwise- to want to spend more time in the space.
  1. When dealing in the hospitality industry, you must understand the basic emotion that produces the ‘wow’ feeling. The ‘wow’ factor can vary based on customer type, but hospitality design specifically strives to target the five sense to create an uplifting and soothing environment for decompression and escapism.”
  1. Hospitality designer have to create design experiences that elicit passion, beauty and cultural identity through innovative design concepts that inspire the guest, stimulate the senses and engage emotion.”
  1. Sensory design measures in the corporate world typically include integrating the outside environment with that of the interior through the use of large windows. Just the act of introducing nature elevates the senses, making for happier, more productive employees.
  1. A space should not be crowded since “emotionally, you want to feel comfortable.” One spatial matter is nonnegotiable: People don’t like to feel trapped or hemmed in.
  1. To muffle conversation noise, incorporate water features to produce soothing white noise, a signal with a flat frequency spectrum that blocks other sounds.
  1. People are drawn to natural materials because they possess an innate richness and warm up an environment through texture.

Restaurante Nobu en Ciudad de México. © Paul Rivera

Frames of Mind by Meredith Landry
  1. Emotional intelligence helps designers cross the bridge between the unspoken inner-world of hopes within a client and the screaming reality of construction.
  1. The designer must embrace balance, awareness, responsibility and empathy in order to successfully communicate with all parties and keep the project on track.
  1. The ability to feel, use, communicate, remember, describe, identify, learn from, manage and understand emotions is necessary for the smooth progressions of design project.ç

See more articles published on the IIDA’s website here.

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