It's All in the Details

I have the daily privilege of overhearing our interior design director, and enthusiastic associates discuss decorating ideas down to the smallest details.  Their team rigorously considers each design element for unity, balance, rhythm, emphasis, contrast, scale and proportion, and details before being considered.    

Yesterday, one conversation focused on a table lamp selection, the final design element concluding their client presentation.  After reviewing dozens of styles for lumen type, photo metrics, and CRI (bulb, beam spread, and color rendering index), the team analyzed each lamp's surface to eye level distance, shade length ratio, and shade diameter.  The remainder were then subjected to the seven principles of interior design to determine appropriateness.  

After much deliberation, the group chose a lamp designed by George Nelson, one of the most inventive minds of the twentieth century.  The inspiration for his Lantern Lamp stemmed from a photo of mothballed ships covered in netting and sprayed with a self-webbing plastic.  After spinning a skeleton of steel wires on a turntable and shooting it with translucent plastic, George wrapped the structure in a smooth, washable film.  After outfitting his creation with a lamp (bulb), he exclaimed: “it glowed.”  

In interior design, details are like jewelry.  From the pillow sham piping to the color and pattern of embroidery, each detail adds its distinctive feature to the overall composition.   As you may have guessed by now, even a lamp deserves much contemplation before making its debut.