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Something you see with your own eyes makes impact. The digital programs architect work with try to accommodate this. The ground plan gets a 3rd dimension and you can see from every corner of the room like a fly. But however well you can simulate a room, with an almost realistic natural light, it's still a virtual simulation.
Seeing something virtually gives a different view as seeing something in practise. How can you experience from a screen how imposing a big concrete wall is, or how crushing? Seeing with your own eyes is feeling. You perceive what you see. You experience it. Many buildings and interiors looking magnificent on the drawing table, -new, fresh, different-, are in real life too much and leave you with a painful feeling of homesickness.
Creating a theoretical environment, even with all possibilities of virtual reality, cannot match the impact practise has. I think it's important to realise this. We have had students of Architecture of the technical university in Delft working here on the MSc2 project 'Tectonics of the interior' with materials from the LEOXX collection. To let them experience themselves what the impact of materials is. It was fantastic to see how they got inspired by what happened in the moment, by the ideas the colour, texture, suppleness or stubbornness of the materials gave them. They could instantly see what works and what doesn't and act upon it. It made them experience a completely different kind of creativity. Nowadays I often see hard and cold materials being used like concrete and glass. This makes textile become very important. It requires knowledge and insights from designers about the qualities textile has.
A different effect of seeing yourself is understanding. That's another reason why we like to let future designer take a look at the practise. This way they see how something is made themselves and they develop expertise you cannot learn from a book. You can see the students enjoying this. A work visit to the factories of Anker was a true eye opener for them. When you see how carpet is being woven, you understand the possibilities and impossibilities better. Architects and designers get more involved in all parts of their design this way, also regarding choice of materials. Preferences are not based on a picture anymore but on reality, what you can see with your own eyes - the eventual effect of the total design.Anja Nekeman - within LEOXX active on DUCXX, an initiative for prospective talent from the MVO philosophy - sustainable and societal responsible enterprising is an intrinsic part of the LEOXX philosophy. DUCXX wants, besides bringing across practical expertise, build a bridge between architects and interior designers of the 'next generation' and organisation in the interior industry. DUCXX contributes for example to the master module ‘MSc2 Tectonics of the Interior’ of the faculty of Architecture at the technical university in Delft and to the curriculum of the SintLucas in Boxtel.
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