Residential design, past and present, with Edward Ira Schachner, Architect
SEVERAL CRITERIA DOMINATE RESIDENTIAL DESIGN: AN EVIDENCE OF INNOVATION, A KNOWLEDGE OF THE HISTORY OF DESIGN, SUSTAINABILITY, AND SOUND JUDGMENT IN ADOPTING ADVANCES IN NEW TECHNOLOGY. IN THE AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF ARCHITECTURE’S DESIGN TRENDS SURVEY IN WHICH LEADING ARCHITECTURAL FIRMS PROVIDE THEIR VISION FOR THE DECADE AHEAD, KEY TRENDS INCLUDE AN INCREASED ATTENTION TO HEALTHY LIVING, THE GROWTH OF HOME OFFICES AS WORK PATTERNS EVOLVE AND TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENTS INCREASE TELECOMMUTING OPTIONS, AS WELL AS A SHIFT IN DESIGN TO ACCOMMODATE BOTH THE GENERAL AGING OF THE POPULATION AND THE HABITS AND TRENDS OF THE MILLENNIAL GENERATION.
IN HIGH END RESIDENTIAL DESIGN, BEAUTY JOINS WITH FUNCTION WHETHER IN A HISTORICALLY ACCURATE OR MINIMALIST ENVIRONMENT AND THE PRIORITIES ARE ALWAYS QUALITY, FUNCTIONALITY AND AESTHETIC VISION.
THE LRFA BLOG IS VERY PLEASED TO CONTINUE ITS CONVERSATION WITH EDWARD IRA SCHACHNER, ARCHITECT, WHO BRINGS BOTH THE PROFESSIONAL LEGACY OF GREAT LUMINARIES IN THE DESIGN WORLD SUCH AS I.M. PEI AND RENZO MONGIARDINO, AND A SUBSTANTIAL HISTORY OF HIS OWN PROJECTS FOR INTERNATIONAL CLIENTS TO THE DISCUSSION. http://eischachner.com/
IRA, WELCOME BACK! WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS IN TERMS OF ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN?
The space has got to meet its programmatic requirements whatever the aesthetic. If it doesn’t work for the client and their lifestyle then we have simply failed. Otherwise, a space should be inspiring, beautiful and change one’s life! I usually warn my clients that they should be prepared for a major sea change in the quality of their lives when they move into a new space. It is something that they don’t factor in and it can be overwhelming at first. Architecture is a high art because it is transformative.
DO YOU SEE A STYLISTIC EVOLUTION IN TERMS OF ARCHITECTURE, A SHIFT FROM THE MORE TRADITIONAL TO THE MORE MODERN?
There will always be a stylistic change occurring in architecture as there is in painting. It’s natural but I suspect that there will always be the periodic return to the traditional as well because many of its features are touchstones for us all. This is the ongoing challenge for all architects; how to take those references and create something new and exciting.
NOW THAT WE ARE EXPERIENCING, NOT ONLY STATESIDE IN MIAMI AND NEW YORK, FOR EXAMPLE, BUT ALSO CERTAINLY IN LONDON AND PARIS, AN ENORMOUS INFLUX OF FOREIGN BUYERS FROM ASIA, THE MIDDLE EAST AND RUSSIA, FOR EXAMPLE, PURCHASING HIGH END RESIDENCES FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSES. HOW, IF AT ALL, DO YOU ANTICIPATE THE DESIGN AESTHETIC TO CHANGE?
I think that much of the influx of buyers to these markets is looking for something very commonplace. I don’t anticipate much commitment to creating intimate environments. Sometimes, I think having and spending too much money can be a detriment because it doesn’t hone the decision-making process as it should. Excess shows.
DO YOU THINK THAT THE DEMANDS OF THESE CLIENTS WILL BE MORE IMPERSONAL AND GENERIC THAN WHEN WORKING FOR A CLIENT WHO PLANS TO LIVE FULL-TIME WITH FAMILY IN THE RESIDENCES YOU ARE DESIGNING.
Absolutely, and it is unlikely that they will come to me to do their work. I get too emotionally involved.
WITH ALL THE ADVANCES IN TECHNOLOGY THAT WE ENJOY, WHAT DO YOU ANTICIATE WILL BE THE ACTUAL EFFECT IN TERMS OF RESIDENTIAL LIVING? WHAT ARE SOME OF THE TECH LUXURIES THAT WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO HIGH-END RESIDENTIAL DESIGN AND WHAT DO THINK ARE PASSING FADS?
Actually, I think that the fad of increased technology will fade over time especially as more people can afford it. Honestly, I don’t see my clients using most of what they have at their fingertips and, especially those with multiple houses, it can often be daunting to keep track of how everything works.
IRA, THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING YOUR PASSION AND KNOWLEDGE IN THE FIELDS OF ART, ARCHITECTURE AND DESIGN.
THE NEXT LRFA BLOG WILL INTRODUCE TWO INDIVIDUALS WHO COMBINE THE OBSESSION OF A COLLECTOR AND THE KNOWLEDGE OF AN IMPASSIONED ACADEMIC IN THEIR COMMITMENT TO AMERICAN ART. GODEL & CO WAS FORMED THIRTY-FIVE YEARS AGO BY HOWARD GODEL AND CONTINUES TO EXPAND ITS PLACEMENT OF WORKS IN BOTH PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLECTIONS, EXHIBITION HISTORY AND INVENTORY OF BOTH 19th CENTURY AND 20th CENTURY AMERICAN ART. HIS RIGHT HAND, GALLERY DIRECTOR KATHERINE BAUMGARTNER, AND HOWARD WILL JOIN US TO SHARE THEIR HISTORY AND KNOWLEDGE OF THIS MULTI-FACETED AND RICH AREA OF COLLECTING.
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