Design icon Paul Rand once said, “To design is much more than simply to assemble, to order, or even to edit: it is to add value and meaning, to illuminate, to simplify, to clarify, to modify, to dignify, to dramatise, to persuade, and perhaps even to amuse. To design is to transform prose into poetry.”
With Valentine’s Day approaching and romance on our minds, it seems only right to celebrate the deep sensuality of our environments, and to embrace the invitation to narrate the spaces we live in that interior design extends. Our interiors reflect the lives we lead, with every sofa, rug, table and work of art laced with passion, dedication and a love for creation. Whether it be a bedroom, kitchen, hotel, bar or restaurant, each and every space we create serves to indulge the senses and, as Rand so profoundly stated, illuminate, dramatise and amuse us as we go. We sat down with Topfloor co-founder and designer Esti Barnes to talk about the senses, love and rugs…
How do you embrace sensuality in your design work?
Sensuality is often the subtheme when we design– for bedrooms particularly. It can be subtle and seductive like our ENVELOPE rug with its smooth colour gradation. It can be deep pile creamy silk – like the carpet we just delivered for a superyacht, or soft and curvy like our EVENTAILLE rug.
In your opinion as a designer, why is sensuality important in interior design?
Because it helps to imprint the client’s personality onto their home. The hospitality industry is also good at using design to create ‘fantasy’ interiors as part of the 5-star experience.
How can rugs bring sensuality into a home?
We have a lot to play with. We can create sensuality from shape, whether the undulating curves of EVENTAILLE or the coquettish frills of CANCAN. Colour too is an obvious mood-setter. Finally, texture is key and we have so many choices that feel great under barefoot.
What is, in your opinion, the greatest love story from design history?
The Art Nouveau movement is a great source of inspiration to us and of course itself has sensuality as a recurring theme in its artwork, sculpture and textiles. Textile designer and artist Mariano Fortuny is a particular favourite.
Explore the full range of Topfloor rugs and carpets, designed by Esti, here.