Designing deeper: creating interior spaces that support well-being through explorations in process driven design

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Sheila M. O'Rourke (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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C. Tommy Lambeth

Abstract: The objective of this thesis is to explore and create a methodology and tools for residential interior design that supports well-being. This goal is based on the effect the spaces we occupy have on our physical, mental and spiritual health. The home can have the greatest influence on us than any other space through its intimacy, safety and individuality. Designers of residential spaces therefore have a great opportunity to influence positive energy in the world, however, very little systematic precedent can be found for residential design processes that have the goal of well-being. The 21st century has been characterized by rapid change, an abundance of information, increasing globalization, and constant technology-supported multi-tasking. This thesis creates a design methodology that takes the current culture into consideration by designing a process that prioritizes mindfulness, connection and functionality. Precedent research in eastern building sciences coupled with western evidence based design for holistic health contribute to the development of a design process prototype for the in-take, design, and presentation steps of a residential design project. The prototyped process includes three distinctive tools: a Design Manifesto, a process for interior designers documented in Design Deeper Cards, and a unique method of delivering design through Design Together Boards. Two studios are completed to explore the prototype. The first follows a rapid testing approach, followed by iterations to the process. The second studio is an in-depth exploration of the prototyped process, following through to a full client design presentation. Further exploration is needed to refine the efficiency and complexity of the process. The thesis results in a revolutionary way to both understand and communicate with clients, and incorporate the client in the design process, both paving a new road in residential design for holistic health.

Additional Information

Language: English
Date: 2017
Chakras, Design process, Design thinking, Feng shui, Residential interior design, Well-being
Interior decoration $x Health aspects
Feng shui in interior decoration

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