A soon-to-be new addition to our family has recently resulted in multiple trips to Ikea. It got me thinking about how things have changed for design in the home. IKEA has taken a design philosophy and made it accessible to the everyday consumer by lowering price points and placing themselves where customers can find them. Other retailers have done the same thing, opening up the market for good design to more and more families. It's now a totally realistic goal to live well within your space and to do it on a budget. This philosophy of accessible design is touching so many parts of our lives, and now people who would have never considered it are designing or redesigning their own homes. In addition, people's appreciation for good design and a clean simple aesthetic seems to be spreading, and I believe places like IKEA are to thank for that.
Architectural Technologists are enjoying the benefits of this trend, and more and more customers are turning to them to help realize their visions. Our job is to help make good design accessible for our clients, and I love doing that on a daily basis. The final product is the ultimate reward, especially when the client is thrilled with their new and improved space. The best part - no assembly required.