Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Designing the Spirit of Intimacy


Even within large spaces, intimate areas can be created by arranging furniture in small, convial groups. Organization, which in effect produces several individual "rooms" within an open-plan framework, is particularly well suited to high ceilings, loft apartments and converted barn homes, characterized by spaces wihout conventional boundaries.
A sofa, for example, may be placed in the center of a room to form a barrier or low wall. It offers demarcation between one half of a room and the other, and between functions such as dining and sitting. Two sofas facing each other will make a wide room feel less spacious, while a circle of chairs around a low table encourages an atmosphere of comfortable intimacy. As shown in this photograph, always remember the ambience of low lighting or spotlighting.

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