The power of space
Architect/Interior Designer Bruno Bondanelli
Some rooms reward us with a sense of comfort, calm, and wonder. Other interiors—no matter how lavishly decorated—simply don’t work—we cannot relax. Why is this?
The answer is simple. Far too many designers ignore the power of space—its inherent ability to create a negative or positive impact on the human body. These designers unwittingly create rooms that are visually, but not viscerally appealing. Their rooms appeal to the eye—not to the body or the soul.
Vastu Living, which was founded in 1997 by Kathleen Cox, is a modern adaptation of vastu, which is India’s ancient architectural philosophy. Vastu Living environments take advantage of the positive power of space and the positive power attached to every design element—from color, light, and texture to the discerning selection and arrangement of objects and placement of furniture. Vastu Living environments positively influence our physical and psychological well-being, even our sense of self.
Vastu, which is a Sanskrit word, means created space. Created space includes the universe, the world of nature, every built structure—and every human form since the body is the dwelling place of the soul.
By logical extension, vastu honors the truth that the best architecture respects the body’s own magnificent architecture in its proportion, form and configuration.
Vastu honors the body and celebrates the soul. It humanizes space—a concept undervalued in our stressful world.
Knowledge = Power
There is nothing random in the design process; just as there is nothing random in the universe. Every design decision triggers a predictable effect on the human body.
Our body’s response to a square object (which is grounding) is different from our body’s response to a circular object (which is dynamic). Our body responds differently to each color, to the presence or absence of light, to the asymmetric or symmetric arrangement of objects, to natural objects or synthetic objects. In other words, a predictable cause and effect is attached to every design decision, just as a predictable cause and effect is attached to every action in life.
Once we learn the consequences attached to each design decision, we empower ourselves. We remove the mystery in design. We create a home that improves our wellbeing.