Calm describes a feeling, an ambiance and mood, a sense of freedom from distraction and strain. With a moment of calm there is a certain peace and simplicity, a quietude filled with serenity and stillness. Calmness is often disregarded, in life, in design. To attain a state of calm, there must necessarily be some sense of order and purpose.
Those interested in finding an aesthetic sense of calm through sport and play, might appreciate the ‘Basketball Court House’ in Japan by
A clean and tidy home will work wonders in restoring a feeling of calm.
It is perhaps helpful to equate calmness with simplicity. Simplicity can be afforded through the application of well considered design. The need to curate our homes is ever more pressing in an age of urban noise, technological intrusion and rampant consumerism. At home, we should be much more deliberate in the choices we make, thinking about how they might affect the ways in which we live. Whatever our frame of mind, our home should be that one place where we can feel safe, calm and inspired. We might never achieve a true state in which simplicity is the norm, but with a certain amount of forethought we can decorate our homes in a manner that is appealing. In reality, everyday simple things can make a difference to our quality of life.
A humidifier can work to alleviate sinus problems, reduce snoring, protect wooden furniture and keep houseplants healthy. The ‘Bottle Humidifier’, designed by Korean design studio
The Dimma stool, designed by Stockholm-based
Stockholm-based designer Kyuhyung Cho designed the simple and practical Corner Shelf for Danish brand
Emotion, experience and integrity will act as perfect guides when seeking to bring about an expression of calm. We find calm in that which is cosy and comfortable, secure and warm: in honest materials, playful details and aesthetic qualities. However we choose to define or express it, a moment of calm is is a wonderful pleasure.
The Rise & Shine wall mirror is an elegant and poetic design by London-based design studio
A feeling of calm should not negate pleasure or fun. Choose objects that make you smile, that you appreciate for their sense of place, craft and history. The Discus Bird was originally created in 1961 by the celebrated Danish architect and designer Hans Bølling. This colourful and winsome character is shaped like a discus and made with hand-painted pine. A quirky family of four, the Discus birds are manufactured by