The new discipline of spatial design
A spatial designer sounds like something quite…well, futuristic! Indeed, spatial design is quite a new discipline that crosses traditional design boundaries such as interior design, architecture, landscape design and landscape architecture. It combines the functional use of space with interior aesthetics to create a stunning environment that is perfect for the way you live and work. By focusing on the flow between interior and exterior space, a spatial designer can create a space that reflects the way you work or live, a zone that is tailored to fit your way of life perfectly.
This is what spatial design does – it makes working or living in the designed space stress free, easy and comfortable. Spatial designers look at the way you live, what space you have and will adapt it to suit your needs by optimizing the potential space.
The ever evolving concept of spatial design
As stated previously, spatial design is a newly evolving design concept and methodology that integrates and surpasses the established concepts of architecture and design. Spatial design is radical in that it changes how a designer thinks about people and space. It keeps them right at the heart of the design, focusing on the flow between interior and exterior space and architectural concepts. It is more holistic in its approach.
Spatial design works on the idea of the space to be designed are enclosed. It doesn’t matter if such enclosures are just four walls or if the boundaries are less rigid; it recognises the fact that flow isn’t static over time as the flow of space is constantly changing and expanding. Ideally, spatial design should consider the flow throughout a sequence of actions. It is exactly this idea of sustainability of the flow of space that sets spatial design apart from other design fields.
Using technology in architecture and design isn’t a new concept
Computer aided design (CAD) has been used for many decades in a variety of realms concerning design, mainly in civil and mechanical ones. In more recent decades, the use of topographical information systems has assisted in the design of larger areas. Even when they are useful aids to traditional architects, planners and designers, they actually form the core on which spatial design works. The original phase of a spatial design project starts with geo-information collected using geo-spatial techniques.
Spatial designers and Interior designers work hand in hand
The field of spatial design has brought in an example of the shift in the thought process of all kinds of designers. Spatial Designers often work alongside interior designers and architects which goes to demonstrate just how intertwined the two arts are. The creativity that can arise from an experienced spatial designer can be breathtaking, so it is no surprise that the demand for spatial designers is picking up fast as organizations and individuals, both public and private, have started to understand the need and importance of their skills.
A reputable spatial designer will be able to show you examples of their work and you should be very impressed with what you see as the work such a designer can do has to be seen to be believed!
About the author: My name is Adrian Allsopp and I am the owner of 2ADesign in Cambridgeshire. I have many years experience in interior and spatial design and like to share my knowledge on these subjects with others. If you want to read more you can check out my website at www.2adesign.co.uk or on our Facebook page.