Currently, I have the privilege of working on a professional office space and a family’s daily living space in the heart of their busy home. These are 2 very different clients and 2 totally different spaces for me to conceptualize. But I am excited because each client has emphasized their desire to include principles of Feng Shui into the design.
Feng Shui is the ancient art of placement, with the main goal of calling in the good energy (chi)
into a space. It is believed that incorporating good energy into our interior spaces will bring abundance in all aspects of our lives. As an interior designer, that has always been my ultimate goal for the spaces I create for my clients.
My client with the professional office space has consulted a Feng Shui master. He advised her about orientation of the building, the most productive area of the office, the least productive area, the overall flow of the space from the entry door, and how the five elements of Feng Shui (fire, earth, water, metal, wood) affect her in the most auspicious way. What she wants from me, as the designer of the space, is to incorporate his recommendations while making the office space functional and beautiful for herself, her employees and clients.
My client with the residential project has a strong belief in creating good energy in her daily life and specifically in her home. We are looking at making sure that the path ways into the room are not restricted, that the room is light, airy and uncluttered, and we are incorporating natural elements such as wood flooring and live plants. Along with the Feng Shui concerns, it is my commitment to my client to make her family room functional and stylish to meet the needs of her growing family while making it comfortable to entertain guests as well.
“In particular, the energy of our homes, our offices, or any place where we spend a prolonged amount of time, interacts with the energy of our bodies to affect all the other related aspects of our lives, such as health, love lives and relationships, work performance, financial prosperity, and overall success. This energy runs through our bodies, and our bodies interact with it at all times, whether we are conscious of it or not.” This quote from Simona F Mainini, Dr. Arch in her book Feng Shui for Architecture.