Perhaps this is my European way of thinking, but it frequently occurs to me when looking at interiors — whether they are designed by us or another designer — what will future generations have to say about this? I have to admit that even projects we designed 10 years ago are already starting to look a bit dated.
Is time passing so quickly that we can no longer expect any of our work to stand the test of time for the next 100 years or beyond? I wonder if any of our projects could, over time, eventually become historical monuments. Can we expect today’s materials and craftsmanship to last that long, or are we designing and building for the moment, where our work serves only a decorative function that is appropriate for today’s trend but will be substituted in 15 years?
What gives me some optimism is my 55 years of life experience and remembering the simple yet comfortable interiors of my parents’ home from the 1950s. As a child growing up, the environment was perfectly acceptable and normal, but as soon as I became an adult, suddenly everything from my parents’ generation was not good enough. Of course now the 50s, 60s and 70s are hip and desirable once again.
So maybe the challenge is that our interiors only have to survive more than one generation in order to be appreciated again and seen as part of our cultural heritage. However, I’m not convinced that with continuously changing design fashions and the type of materials being used there will be an opportunity for the interiors designed today to be appreciated by my grandson’s generation!