Thoughtful design is more about improving people's lives than making spaces look pretty. A case in point is a recent project I completed for a retired bachelor on Brisbane's bayside.
His brief was simple: to update the look of his home with new finishes, furniture and storage. We painted both the exterior and interior with fresher and lighter colours, replaced the floor coverings, designed and installed new joinery, introduced new furniture, and landscaped the gardens.
My client didn't want spend a fortune on creating something that looked like it belonged on a magazine cover. He just wanted something that worked for him. And while it certainly works on a practical and aesthetic level, it's at a more sensory level that the benefits are really evident. I received a call soon after completing the project from my client's sister in law, who told me that he seemed like a new person with a whole new lease of life. On a subsequent visit, my client expressed surprise at how much more he enjoyed being at home and feeling uplifted in the new space.
This for me is the pinnacle of good design. It can't solve all of the world's problems, or even all of an individual's problems. But it can certainly go some way to improving people's lives and lifestyles in the way they feel and interact with their surrounding spaces.