Years ago while standing outside of what would become the entrance gate to a home we were building, we asked the stonemason if he could create a pattern of randomness. We laughed about the idea for a moment, not realizing that there really is something to this idea. It’s called Chaos Theory, and it’s not about disorder. It is about finding an order in disorder.
A common example of this is known as the Butterfly Effect. It states that, in theory, the flutter of a butterfly’s wings in China could in fact effect weather patterns in New York City, thousands of miles away. Chaos theory addresses such questions and no doubt, introduces further complexities. But alas, we would never presume to talk about such complex matters. We have little understanding and really… yawn.
What this led to however, was an understanding of how visually important it is that things appear to be random even when they are quite contrived. CoCo Chanel once said, “Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and remove one accessory.” CoCo never looked like she tried too hard. Symmetry in asymmetry if you will.
From an architectural standpoint, a home can look as though it is well thought out, as opposed to rigorously designed. We’ve seen rooms that make you want to stand at the entrance and peer into, but it’s much nicer when a home invites you in. A sofa that yearns to be sat upon or a bookshelf that beckons you to have a peek at one of the books.
The chrysalis/butterfly metaphor is way overused, however, it certainly can apply to the transformation of a home. When we build a home our goal is both to provide a showcase for our customer’s beautiful things, while at the same time create a comfortable space for family and friends to come together, and we relish in the process. At Camelot Homes our goal is to do it in a way that looks neither deliberate nor contrived. A flowing feast for the eyes.
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