On the surface the above blog post ruffled my PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER feathers….Mr. Stolman clearly blurs the line between interior decoration and Interior Design which is a particular sore point with moi……..but.
While I appreciate Mr. Stolman’s impassioned plea for relevance I wonder if interior decoration just might wither away. Maybe interior decoration will become crushed under the weight of its inability to add anything resembling real value to our increasingly harried and techno-focused lives in which the quality of those lives is getting harder and harder to manage. Certainly it has always been an elitist pursuit and with the redistribution of wealth in the world, eliminating the middle and upper middle class, the market for pure decoration-as-art services is getting narrower and narrower.
As Mr. Stolman notes technology has actually lowered the standard for entry into the interior decoration occupational domain. Why pay when you can do it yourself?
With no real technical skills or body of knowledge to master before proclaiming oneself an interior decorator the occupation of interior decoration has always been more of an art than a necessity. I now see a bleak future for the occupation of decoration. Maybe that is just me hoping…….
Now we, the professional Interior Designers, have to make sure we do not suffer the same fate as predicted in this article;