I’ve been wondering about the position of interior design and its significance in humans lives, more often here in London since I started my study. To define its position and with a slow process of my learning pace, I might turn this topic into a series of scattered thoughts (which is the point of this blog) and I hope someday it will make sense in the end.

This is the part one.

In 1945, Praz wrote La Filosofia dell’Arredamento, The Philoshophy of Furnishing. In the same year, Indonesia had just gained its independence status. Briefly I thought, what a contrasting experience we had back then and how it must have been impossible for us Indonesians to find a time for leisure to decorate and arrange spaces while having to fight for our independence. Boy was I wrong. The way Sayuti Melik arranged his desk to write the proclamation text, or in which part of the house Fatmawati sew the first Indonesian red and white flag, or how the wives arranged the pictures of their husbands who died fighting for our country on the wall; all of this is interior design.

I think this mindset can make interior design much richer with value because it doesn’t only talk about what is on the surface of its elements, like colours, shapes, light, patterns (which also equally important), but in the same time about the occupants’ thought processes, priorities, stories within the space, love and hate, history, timelines, or what is close to one’s heart.

The fact that interior design exists naturally beyond social class, it is such a pity that today’s practice and its acknowledgements have narrowed it down into an exclusive luxurious service which can only be afforded by those with money.