Today, we’re starting”A Space for Being,” our exhibit at the design conference Salone del Mobile Milano, that explores this connection and endeavors to produce the impact of design more observable.
Do you have? Is there a particular odor that transports you back to your childhood? Or does a soft blanket on your lap help because you sit down to read, you feel calmer?

  • A room with recessed lighting round the walls and a table with pink and green seats.
  • An artistic rendering of”An Area for Being,” Google’s 2019 Salone del Mobile Milano installation, that endeavors to explore neuroaesthetics and was developed in partnership with Mutto, Reddymade Architecture and the International Arts + Mind Lab at Johns Hopkins University. Visitors spend five minutes in each of the three rooms. Photo credit: Google Design Studio + Reddymade Architecture.
    When guests visit”A Space for Being,” we ask them to put on these specially-made rings that capture how they react to every room. Before their information is deleted from the band, every user receives a customized printout describing the space where they felt most”at ease”  Photo credit: Maremosso Studio.

    “Transformative,” visitors’ final stop prior to receiving a customized readout of their expertise. 

  • Pastel-colored wristbands on a table.
    Each space comes with a different look, texture, scent and sound, complete with distinctive textures, colors and design components. As attendees wander through the distances, they will put on a specially-made wristband that steps reactions such as motion, breathing rate, skin temperature, skin conductivity and heart activity. At the end, before every guest’s data is deleted, they’ll see a visual representation of their response to every room and receive a customized readout that suggests which space left them feel “at ease.”
    Take a peek at some of our spaces in the pictures above, and consider what makes yours”A Space for Being”
    The display, built along with Reddymade Architecture, Muuto Design and the International Arts + Mind Lab at John Hopkins University, is made up. There is more than meets the eye in the layout experience.
    A Space for Being’s second room,”Crucial”  Photo credit: Maremosso Studio.

    Neuroaesthetics gives backing to what designers have known: layout matters. It is as a result of this intuition that our group of hardware designers assembled our Made by products utilizing certain colors, like the Not Pink hue alternative for Pixel 3 phones, and textures that are specific, like the cloth foundation on the Google Home Hub. We always strive to construct products that fit seamlessly into your daily life, and make you feel”at ease.”