Design 101: Form and Function

Form follows function is a phrase that you learn about early in your interior design education.  The concept originally was used when referring to architecture, but it also has applications for interior design as well.  What this means in the world of cabinetry is that the intended purpose (function) of a cabinet or overall layout should be where the design process starts.  What the design or cabinet looks like (form) should be a result of that purpose.  Beyond the form and functionality it has to have good proportions and be style appropriate.  In other words, it has to be well thought out on many levels.

In the case of a bathroom there are multiple functions that the room has to accommodate; many of these involve a sink.  That means this area has to have a place for a sink as well as storage for toothbrushes, soap, razors, lotions, the items that are needed to perform all of these things that you do while standing at the sink.

Form and Function and the Interior Design Process. The Sink Wall Elevation - Kitchen Design Drawing

With only 39” to work with I wanted to create a functional cabinet that looked more like a furniture piece with both drawer and door storage.  What I use were three Base with Two Drawer cabinets in two different widths.  The drawers on the left and right are functional; the center drawers are false to allow for the sink. The working drawers are narrow, but just wide enough; there will be other storage in the room. The area with the doors is useable storage for all the taller items and cleaning supplies. To give this more of a furniture look I added feet on three sides, recessing the toe as far back as possible.

The Result - Dura Surpeme Bath Vanity Ready for Install

I’m pleased with the way it looks (form), we’ll have to see how it works once the top and sink are installed (function).

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