The debate on whether design is art will never be solved or answered, but I really liked what Japanese architect Masamichi Katayama had to say about the subject in an interview with AnOther Magazine:
Are your projects works of art?
I am definitely a designer and not an artist. I don’t create things on my own based on my personal feelings. I design based on a proposal or request.
Masamichi is one of my biggest influences, so it was really interesting to read this. I guess I do a lot of designing based upon logic and not feeling, so this makes sense to me. I don’t think this diminishes design in any way, that art isn’t more or less important, it’s just different. I also liked this part:
What are the themes that you are trying to communicate through your design?
To me, the purpose of interior design is to interpret the client’s brand or corporate identity and their attributes through the space and the environment. I very much value the voice of the client and other people involved in that organisation; I do a lot of research and analysis and try to create a space that would project their strengths and a sensibility that they may not be able to capture in words. My aim is to design a communication conduit where one can sense and experience the client’s philosophy through the overall space. I don’t know if you can call it a philosophy, but I am a designer and not an artist so my role is about creating spaces that are an extension and an enhancement of what the client wishes to convey.