We attended Maison & Objet in September 2017, one of the largest interior design trade shows of the world.
Comfort was the theme of this edition of Maison et Objet. Yves Badetz, the Director of the National Ernest Hebert Museum and the General Curator of Musee D’Orsay and Eric Gizard, Interior Designer for Air France, spoke to us about this theme. Their conversation tackled the different views of a historian and interior designer on the notion of comfort. The following text is inspired by this conversation.
Comfort is a feeling and is not an objective. Comfort is not a couch you never want to get off of, but a couch that supports your lifestyle. Why would you have a couch that is soft and thick and sleep-inducing when you often entertain guest until the late hours? To have a comfortable home means a home that is suits your needs.
Analyse your lifestyle and ask yourself:
Do you work from home…?
Do you often have guests over…?
Do your guests like dinner parties or late night soirees…?
Where do you spend your downtime…?
What is your favourite season…?
Do you spend the weekend on the couch or fly from event to event only stopping home for a change of clothes…?
How can your home accommodate these needs...?
While overwhelming at first, addressing the needs of your day to day life is the first step in ensuring you are comfortable in your home.
We start by assessing a comfort through touch. It is said when something is comfortable it will dissapear. You only notice how comfortable something is when its gone, like doorhandles you only notice in the home of another.
Your flooring is one of the most important things you will choose for your home.
Tile, hardwoord, vinyl, carpet and cement give different looks feelings. Cement and tiled floors can be made softer in more intimate spaces by area rugs. Though cement and tiled floors don't immediately convey comfort, you are able to clean them with just a wipe. That makes your cleaning much more comfortable doesn't it?
Hardwood and vinyl are very close together in looks and in comfort. Hardwood has a different feel with bare feet for the real connaisseur, but is also more fragile if you drop items and spill liquids.
Carpets can be comfortable, but wear and stain. A large decorative area rug can compensate for this.
Address your lifestyle through your decor, noting how your home feels against your toes or finger.
Next week we will discuss how we can achieve comfort through sound, sight, smell and taste.