I had written this post before I read about this craziness, soooo? I don’t know. I think that all sounds sad/pants crazy, but I don’t think it makes this information any less useful. Do with it what you will.
One of the architects we are working with right now has worked with Mario Buatta in the past, and at our last meeting he told me one of Mario’s “isms’ when creating floor plans is to look at where the furniture is moved to by the end of the party, and do your arranging thusly. You know, the occasional chairs that are moved up to the couch during late night gossip seshes? Do that on purpose.
On a constant quest for self improvement, I have been studying these wild floor plans in Buatta’s very excellent book to see if I can learn a thing or two from the man.
So many seating options, makes me think of this:
Much of the time when I am doing floor plans I focus on the flow- when the flow only affects ones passing through a room and not the time spent actually sitting and enjoying it. Especially in today’s plus-sized rooms, you see a lot of larger furniture pieces spaced out in airy configurations- which is actually not optimal for conversation.
Mario would take a big room and fill it with lots of smaller pieces in multiple cozy vignettes perfect for a kaffeeklatsch. The result is surprisingly soothing to my normally symmetry obsessed brain. Makes me want to shake things up a bit.
What do you think? Cozy or chaotic? Are you into it?