The Danes may well be onto something. Otherwise called the craft of creating intimacy, hygge (pronounced as “hue-guh”), is at the center of the new way to approach open plan living. Yes, it appears that open-plan living, long a mainstay of Australian and progressively European house configuration, has grown up and chosen to be somewhat less open arrangement.
Need to think about the most recent home design trend to hit Australia. Look no more further than the idea of “hygge”. One of the Oxford Dictionary’s expressions of 2016, this Danish thing is characterized as “a nature of cosiness and comfort that induces a sentiment satisfaction or well being”.
Enter “zoning”. Zoning doesn’t spell the finish of open arrangement, however is fairly a finished turn on the splendid, light-filled room purchasers have desired for over 10 years. Call it an inconsistency, maybe: despite everything we need the totally open living spaces, however we additionally long for comfort and protection.
Open-arrangement living, long a pillar of Australian and progressively European house configuration, has grown up and chosen to be somewhat less open plan.Open-arrange living, long a backbone of Australian and progressively European house configuration, has grown up and chosen to be somewhat less open arrangement. Photograph: Jellis Craig
Lara Johnston, central at Lara Johnston Design and an instructor in the school of engineering and outline at RMIT, says the new open arrangement is a refined development of the once-progressive idea of detaching the inside dividers.
“Greater rooms offer little by the method for protection and in a family setting they can be exceptionally uproarious,” she says. “Zoning is an approach to make diverse spaces and dispositions inside an open-arrangement space.”
From utilizing diverse materials in an assemble, for example, a move in floor covers between solid, timber and cover and playing with roof tallness, floor levels and lighting, to the “delicate” utilization of furniture and shading, lines of outline can be unobtrusively – mentally – developed in a space as opposed to pounded into being with an interior divider.