Updated: Jul 20, 2020
Form follows function. It’s a term most of us have heard thrown around on design shows, DIY blogs, or in Home Decor magazines, but do you really know what it means? More importantly, do you know what it doesn’t mean?
Let’s start with a brief history on the origins of the phrase. *YAWN* I know, boring right? I promise this will be quick and painless. Maybe even interesting!
According to Wikipedia, Form follows function is a phrase coined by architect Louis Sullivan, in an 1896 article titled The Tall Office Building Artistically Considered, asserting that a structure must exhibit the three qualities - it must be solid, useful, beautiful.
Okay, so you’re like, “Wonderful, but how does that apply to my kitchen?”
What it means is that your kitchen’s primary function is for food storage, prep, and cooking/baking. It might even be where you eat and entertain. Because of this, the most important part of design is ensuring all of the elements to meet these functions are in place, such as: a fridge, stove, countertops, cupboards, etc.
What form follows function DOES not mean is that the elements have to JUST be utilitarian, they can also be visual pleasing. If you are anything like me, and spend a great deal of time in your kitchen, you will know this matters a lot!
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