Every time I flick through my bulging collection of design images, I surprise myself with how many images of non-desrcript spaces I seem to collect. You know the spaces I’m talking about – not quite a corridor, nor a vestibule. Not exactly indoor or outdoor. Those transitioning spaces positioned on the way to or in between other more significant spaces. I think they officially call it an ante-space, or the “before” space. Anyway, I guess I never knew I was so interested in them. I wonder why? Maybe because I’m a bit nuts? Please don’t answer that.

I guess I consider these spaces to be a bit of an underdog. They tend to get forgotten at times although they are just as important as any “hero” space. They form a part of an entire jig-saw puzzle that is a well crafted interior, and can reveal so much about the designer who created them. Just like unexpected stitching on a lady’s handbag or beautiful lining on a gentlemen’s suit, spaces in between are all about attention to detail. They can also be used to create anticipation or set an expectation for the main space beyond.

What do you think?


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12 Responses

  1. Heather Jenkinson

    Lady, whatever it is that you’re selling, I am buy-in’! In fact, give me one of each in every colour. Man alive, your posts get me going. Love it all.

    To answer your (rhetorical?) question on why you collect ante-spaces, I think you’ve answered it yourself, perfected well “They can also be used to create anticipation or set an expectation for the main space beyond.” Is that not the eternal quest of the Natural Born Designer?

  2. captain kk

    totally agree. the in between, ante spaces are what lift up the big kahuna spaces.. and i think there’s something about the smaller, ‘side’ spaces that draw us in.. that and the details. seems interiors are all about the details at the mo.. the styling seems to stomp all over the architecture as what’s important, which call me biased, but it seems a little out of balance. having said that, i am sooo guilty over lusting over the little things.. oo that artwork.. oo that chair.. you know. awesome post ms yellowtrace.. man, i am going for the world’s longest comment here :)

  3. yellowtrace

    Thank you Victoria. That means a lot coming from the queen of imaginative blogging!

    Heather, you are hilarious, and way too kind to me. Thank you for your kind words, this time and absolutely always. And I guess you are right about the Natural Born Designer’s eternal quest. Although, is there such a thing? The Natural Born Designer I mean. Perhaps a NBD is just someone who is considerate and a thinker, who approaches their work diligently, and with a lot of emotion. It’s also that design instinct thing, isn’t it? But perhaps that’s just experience. I dunno. But I do think about this all the time…

    Captain Lady! You crack me up with your ‘big kahuna space’ line. Friggin’ brilliant! Don’t feel guilty about falling for the sweet styling details. To me good styling is like delicious icing on the cake. It’s the first thing you notice and want to taste (at least I do anyway!) but if the cake is crapola, the icing will only carry it so far. But any good cake maker knows that you’ve got to focus on creating a fantastic cake first (one that is ideally structurally stable – ha!) before you you can apply the icing. Right? Or am I completely off with the fairies? Probably. And sorry to totally take out the world’s longest comment prize… Shit hey!

    x dana

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