Greg Blanckenberg

I am the designer for The Collaborative Healing Centre entrusted with creating spaces that say you matter for the clients. I design and build interior and exterior spaces based on the principles of Terence Conran, which include:

  1. Plain, simple things are superior to flashy, complicated ones. They are more pleasurable. Something that is simple and satisfying is a greater achievement than something fussy that attracts attention only because it’s over-complicated.
  2. Decoration itself is not wrong – phoney, artless, witless decoration is.
  3. Exceptional light quality and few objects can create sharp focus.
  4. It’s difficult to appreciate intensity in a cluttered room.
  5. The objective is to create an atmosphere of luxurious simplicity.
  6. Good design is mostly common sense.
  7. The most comfortable rooms are the simplest ones. Austere and dignified design allows what little colour and texture there is to focus your attention.
  8. It’s important to use materials that age well, so that buildings gain style and quality as they get older.
  9. Simplicity doesn’t mean environments which are stark and inhuman. If you have chosen the basic shapes and forms of a room with simplicity in mind, then any decorative, elaborate objects you have will work better in conjunction with them.
  10. Choose sober, classic furnishings, and basic decoration to provide the stage set, then add personality, excitement and fashion through the things that are easily changed: fabrics, wall colours, rugs, lampshades.
  11. Small imperfections, signs of wear, and the patina of age can add to the enjoyment of a space.
  12. Light is important. If you can get the lighting right, many other things become less important, and you can afford to have fewer things of better quality.
  13. Paint everything white. Colour and pattern can be added later. White gives you a plain skeleton on which to build. Something rich and luxuriously patterned can be admired more in simple surroundings.
  14. The most important material part of an interior design is the floor. It is the base which supports all the other elements in the room. See to it that the floor is beautiful.
  15. Sit in the empty room for some time. Try to understand it. Try to appreciate its essential nature.
  16. Don’t try and complete a room immediately.
  17. Never consider one element of a room in isolation.
  18. Consider things in terms of function, economy, ease of movement, comfort, practicality and visual impact.
  19. Kitchens are the heart of any house. Spend time and money making the kitchen a more pleasant place than anywhere else.
  20. Design is more about common sense than style.