Functionality of Design

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I always wondered why people compromise functionality for design.

Janet is a design kind of person. And she is definitely not a curtain kind of person. Therefore, we have yet to ever agree on a curtain design which makes sense.

My personal view, from the time that I was 11 years old and experienced the European black-out curtains personally for the very first time after having traveled on a train for 36 hours and promptly proceeding to sleep for the next 16 hours in total darkness in a wonderful hotel room in Bodi, Italy, that curtains are functionally designed to block out light. And that’s it. There is no question that there is a design component to augment the look and feel of a room, however, that is clearly secondary to the primary functionality of the curtain, which is to block out light. Why else, for heaven’s sake, would you want to have a curtain.

As I was pulling down our little boys curtains, as I do every night, so that the light won’t come in in the morning, I realized how totally inefficient they really are. They let light pass on the sides, on top, underneath, and through. They’re pretty! And there are design-augmentative. But they are functionally incompetent.

Why is that?

It appears to me that when you combine functionality with design and dash you end up with elegance. Pure unadulterated elegance. The way that I best define it is “class”.

I don’t choose to be functional. Nor do I choose to be an aesthete; I choose to be elegant with pure sense.


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