Feng shui or the art of finding harmony
You’ve woken up this morning feeling like a change. You turn your head and look for your figure in the mirror, then check with the other one and tell yourself: it’s time to look for a new home. It’s the beginning of an exhaustive search of flats, houses, and apartments… and then, something magic happens! You had a feeling when you visited that house and still don’t know what it is exactly, but it moved your feelings. Even nowadays there’s scepticism about the emotional way of taking decisions in our society. Sometimes, there is something more beyond the perfection, the science and maths: the intangible world of emotions.
On the other hand, Oriental culture has based their rules on the harmony between nature and the human being in the cosmos. Feng shui is a millenary tradition half way between art and science. Literally, feng shui, means “wind and water” in Chinese. There are so many studies around this concept that it can create confusion and has unfortunately turned into a marketing abuse.
Superstition or practice
Some people believe in feng shui as a superstion such as walking under a ladder or seeing a black cat. Other people certainly believe that feng shui is an art that aims for balance and wellness, and despite some thoughts: “wind and water exist even if you don’t believe in their power”.
We don’t want to follow any sales trend and we don’t intend to go into this topic in depth –there are people who spend all their lives studying it! We just want to have a thought about it. We’d like to explain why feng shui is not far from our way of working and understanding spaces in order to make design “feel good” and why it is also close to slow philosophy.
Interior designers are not alien to this Chinese art, because our job consists of searching for our clients’ wellness, making their lives more comfortable. The aim of a designer is to create visual comfort through the harmonization of colours, materials and shapes.
The example of the beginning is another sample of the strength of our spaces. Illumination and distribution of the furniture are essential because they really have an influence over our mood and our perceptions of wellness. And everyone has a different perception of space. All of this can be achieved through a good study of distribution and knowing well our clients, who are going to live or work in that space. Apart from that, we have to work with sensitivity!
A look to the east
Oriental culture looks for introspection, values silence and the human being. That is: tries to find a needle in a haystack. Meanwhile, the West is used to create haystacks without needles. We know it’s something cultural but why can’t we introduce a bit of Oriental influence in our western way of life? For instance, did you know that the Bank of England –symbol of capitalism- was constructed following the rules of feng shui? So, why can’t we stop and think what are the elements that will make us feel good and in harmony with the environment? Why can’t we follow our emotions in order to decide the house we want? Let’s do it!