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Harmony is an important consideration in the design of an interior. The way in which the elements work together cohesively can be seen in the photos here of an office space we designed. Our purpose was to support the wellbeing of the occupants regarding their varying levels of need for stimulation, calm and harmony within the working environment. Even though it is one of the most important components of interiors, the definition of harmony differs vastly across individuals, reflecting their own state of consciousness.

Trends may come and go but the importance and presence of harmony between occupants and the design in our personal and professional space, is fundamental to our wellbeing and performance. At GI we consider it important that both beauty and culture are to be designed in full alignment with the user. Occupants need harmony in their environment to feel like they belong and be able to perform well throughout a day’s tasks.

Individual levels of wellbeing vary and are in many cases defined by harmonising personal preferences with the task at hand. As most interior spaces are used by more than one person and in the case of most commercial and public spaces by thousands or millions of people throughout a year, it can seem close to impossible to deliver personal levels of wellbeing. But, by generating one or more User Profiles and working to these, the harmonisation will be closer and more effective than if they did not exist. A User profile is a profile detailing the average needs of a specific group of users of a space. Details included will inform the project team of the design issues that will affect the wellbeing of space users.

Examples of harmony between occupants and design features can be found in practice in the following examples:

  • The colour palettes of the scheme supporting the psychological profile of the User Profile.
  • Between activities that require privacy and are not supported by the layout of the space.
  • Between fresh air supply levels that are not adequate and in line with cognitive brain requirements for the number of occupants in the space.

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