The Devil is in the Detail

Date Wednesday, 24 October 2018 12:00 AM

 Time to Read: 2 minutes, 20 seconds

The details are not the details. They make the design.

This is one of my favourite design quotes - from Charles Eames, the American designer who along with wife Ray, is considered among the most important American designers of the 20th century.

Charles Eames once described design as a plan for arranging elements to accomplish a particular purpose and this is the key to good design – each tiny element of a house design adds to the overall cohesive whole.

Often people will ignore the finer details of house design, like tapware, handles, door profiles and light fittings and consequently, often these things get chosen randomly. But these are the things that if chosen carefully and with consideration, will elevate your design scheme to a higher level, making it stand out from the crowd.

An analogy would be pairing a little black dress with flats and a ponytail, as opposed to going the extra mile with beautiful shoes and jewellery, thereby elevating the look to a whole new realm.

What we have tried to do with the G.J. Gardner Homes Tailored – Inspired Home Collections, is to consider colours and materials and all the finer details, like tapware. All of these decisions matter and all of the inclusions add up to the sum of the styles we have created. Take the Hotel Luxe design – we have included finishes such as limestone-like floors, a soft metallic kitchen splashback, speckled overhead kitchen cabinets and champagne coloured tapware - to create warm, sophisticated spaces that will appeal to people with a sophisticated style.

Charles and Ray Eames are probably best known for their Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman, which they designed for the Herman Miller furniture company in the 1950s. Throughout their careers, the couple aimed to design furniture that could be mass-produced and affordable, with the exception of the Eames Lounge Chair - the first chair that the couple designed for a high-end market.

The key here is that they used the same design philosophy whether they were designing affordable or luxury furniture and that is what we have done with this Collection. People will recognise the familiar names of our suppliers, like Dulux, Laminex, Beaumont Tiles, Caesarstone, Carpet Court and Colorbond. Their products can be accessed by everybody at a good price point. The difference is we have carefully selected every product to ensure they complement each other, are functional and durable and will add up to a beautiful, complete home design.

To see just how I have been inspired by my design icons in the creation of the Tailored – Inspired Home Collections, head over to the G.J. Gardner website to view the six exclusive interior and exterior house designs.

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