Why am I a designer? A very simple question. One that should require a simple answer. And for those that like simplicity, it is because I love it. I crave it. When I walk around town and look at spaces I don’t stare at the obvious things, I look at the nooks, the crannies, the undersides, and behind the doors. I strive to be better…to want more out of our profession.
Being a designer has allowed me to fulfill my dreams of creating spaces, not only for me but also for others. For that reason, I take an approach of connection when designing. I don’t think of it as creating space but as eliciting emotion. When I take on a request I ask, “How do I want to make the user feel?” I use that answer to drive decisions as I develop concepts. I think of how I will be dictating a person’s spirits when they enter the space. Happy, sad; free, confined. My decisions sway moods one way or another.
There are tons of questions that influence design and this is only one, but I truly feel this is the most important philosophy to consider when tackling a design. To be able to sway a person’s mood while experiencing a space is rare and wonderful.
Lyle Ganz is an Associate with SR/A Interior Design. He attended the University of Maryland and has been practicing in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan area since late 2000. He is an accomplished triathlete and avid cyclist.