An open-concept layout in which the kitchen, dining and living room are all within direct view of each other can present a number of design challenges. Seen more and more in newly built condos and homes, this architectural style can be used to compensate for a limited amount of floor space by influencing our perception of a property's actual size. There are several ways to maximize the effect of this optical illusion. Optimize your space with either a simple approach or a designer approach.
All that's needed is a little research and imagination in order to give each space its own distinct personality!
The main guidelines for decorating an open-concept layout are simple. For an harmonious area, opt for a single type of floor covering.
French-born Matali Crasset is a design icon who has made her mark with simple yet thought-out, groundbreaking pieces. She creates soft-coloured and highly functional furnishings that delicately merge with surrounding objects, cushioning harsh lines and sharp corners. A key feature of her design approach is that it allows homeowners to move, exchange and play with the spatial composition of furniture in order to meet ever-changing needs. Over the years, she has addressed how individuals evolve in their indoor living space with amazing insight and ingenuity.
Fluidity and movement is a recurring theme in the designs of UN STUDIO, a Dutch architectural team based in Amsterdam. Using the simplest of materials, their compositions transport us into a dynamic and refined universe that continually moves and shifts at every corner, epitomizing a living environment inspired by emotion, quietude and elegance.
Jean de Lessard, Creative Designer