“Happiness is the meaning and the purpose of life, the whole aim and the end of human existence.” – Aristotle, Ethics.
Can design help us lead a happy life? In this thought-provoking tome, author Amanda Talbot immerses herself in the science and psychology behind the concept of ‘happy design’. Throughout the pages of Happy, Amanda shows us that thoughtful design can contribute to growing confidence, boosting optimism, reducing stress, improving relationships and helping to conquer negative thoughts. She demonstrates how architecture and interior design at their best can make us safer, healthier, more efficient, enlightened and productive – all contributing to a fundamental sense of wellbeing. She reveals how designers and architects are striving to understand the complexities of what makes us happy, and creating intelligent, joyous living spaces that speak to our hearts as much as to our heads, through strategic planning and execution and by using carefully chosen colours, textures, quality of materials and finishes.
The book brims with ideas. As well as interviews with designers and home owners and rich inspirational images, it also features case studies, checklists, reflections and up-to-the-minute research. Happy is divided into 15 chapters; About Happiness, Colour, Communal Living, Downtime, Edit, Flow, Humour, Lighting, Location, Memories, Nature, Order, Play, Senses and Spontaneity. If you’re intrigued to learn more and do a bit of your own research, Amanda has put together a comprehensive list of sources, from references on colour and some background information on happiness, to humour, flow and lighting.
This book is for anyone who is looking to give their home a 2015 New Year spring clean, renovate, decorate or rethink. Amanda has set out to give you the ideas and inspiration needed to make your house the happiest place you have ever lived in. After reading this you’ll be challenged to take stock and start down the path to creating our own happy home.
If you’re feeling inspired to read this book, Happy, you can find it in our Design Lounge, level 2 of the State Library of Queensland.