Column: Everything in its proper place

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Commentary by Randy Sorrell and Bill Bernard

As far back as the end of the first century, the essential characteristics required for a well-designed space have been identified as commodity, firmness and delight. They are the elements that can distinguish the classic from the ephemeral.

Commodity can be described as the proper and efficient arrangement of the necessary elements within a space. Firmness not only refers to physical strength and structural integrity, but also to the proper functioning and integration of the mechanical, electrical, plumbing and finish systems within a space. The proper and appropriate inclusion of commodity and firmness are relatively easy to define and verifiable.

The creation and incorporation of delight is a little more elusive, but you know it when you sense it. Often, you recognize when it is not present. It is the aesthetic quality associated with style, proportion and visual beauty. It is more than simply incorporating the latest trends. It encourages feelings of satisfaction.

Take a look around the spaces of your life. Have commodity, firmness and delight been incorporated to encourage an enduring sense of serenity?

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