Nowadays, we’re starting”A Space for Being,” our exhibit at the plan conference Salone del Mobile Milano, which explores this link and endeavors to make the effect of design more observable.
The display, built along with Reddymade Architecture, Muuto Design and the International Arts + Mind Lab at John Hopkins University, is made up of three spaces supplied to seem like rooms in a House. There is more than meets the eye in the design experience.
These reactions are our bodies’ responses to our surroundings, while it’s something we see, smell, touch, taste or hear. Designers intuitively consider these sensory inputs to evoke certain feelings. A scientific field of research that explores the effect of encounters on biology, neuroaesthetics, provides insight into which inputs evoke responses that are specific. It is why your heart rate may change your energy level may shift based on the colors around you and when you touch fabrics.
Do you have favorite music that helps you unwind after a long day? Is there a particular scent that transports you back to your youth? Or does a soft blanket in your lap help you feel calmer because you sit down to read?
Each room comes with a distinct look, scent, texture and sound, complete with textures, colors and layout elements. As attendees wander through the distances, they will wear a specially-made wristband that measures biological reactions such as motion, breathing rate, skin temperature, skin conductivity and heart activity. In the end, before every guest’s information is deleted, they will see a visual representation of the answer to every room and get a customized readout that suggests which distance left them feel most”at ease.”
When guests see”A Space for Being,” we ask them to put on those specially-made bands that capture how they respond to each room. Before their data is deleted in the band, each user receives a customized printout describing the distance where they felt “at ease” Photo credit: Maremosso Studio.