What is art, anyways? And is interior design art? Can it be art?
Well, if art is defined as a means to express who we are, then, yes, interior design is art. Our homes are a clear definition of who we are, who we think we are, and who we’d like others to think we are.
If art is defined as a way to express beauty (or capture beauty we experience), then interior design is art. We often choose the furniture and decor based on a desire to express beauty — we want to come home from work to a place that pleases the eye.
If art is something that you can sell, then interior design is art.
If art is something that inspires others, then interior design is art.
If art is something that others consider to be essential to their well-being, without being tied to their basic needs, then interior design is art.
Truth be told, there’s but one definition of art that I believe in: art is the most human of all endeavors. It’s not foraging for food, looking for a mate, running away from life-threatening situations. It’s not about survival, but about thriving. About announcing an indifferent universe that we are here, we are alive, we are aware of our own frailty and the fragility of all that surrounds us, but we choose to create something that we hope could last forever nonetheless.
So, yes, interior design is art.