Great Design Transcends Aesthetical Beauty
For as long as he remembers, Devan Linus Rajadurai has found himself drawn to things that please the eye. He attributes this to his upbringing, noting that having well organised parents contributed to his love of aesthetical beauty. However, this comes with a caveat.
“Most people desire rich experiences in their life, beyond fulfilling their family needs, relationship goals and things of that nature. One element of any good experience is beauty, which can be delivered by a product or object with great design that goes beyond its utilitarian aspect,” says Devan.
According to him, great design shouldn’t only be limited to the external beauty of an object, it should also extend to its functionality, capability and everything else it is intended to do or perform. It should resonate through the entire object.
“A successful design should be unique and be able to be appreciated by the masses, as ultimately, influence does play a part in determining if a design will have impact in society”.
An avid traveller, Devan has visited many countries and admired numerous noteworthy landmarks around the world. Yet, his favourite spots around the world are five distinctive buildings – the Roman Coliseum, Trump Tower in New York City, the Petronas Twin Towers, the Sydney Opera House and the Marina Bay Gardens.
“The Coliseum and Trump Tower stand out to me because of the history behind it. They not only look powerful and imposing but also serve as a congregation of the masses, heightening their status beyond just being a building,” he says.
Another important reason these buildings made the cut? According to Devan, they all have timeless designs.
“I’ve travelled around the world and seen many landmark buildings but I find some of them to be just flashy. If you look at the Petronas Twin Towers, the Sydney Opera House or the Marina Bay Gardens, all you need is one glance to know that they’re unique just by their presence and unique aesthetics, going beyond just functional purposes. They may require some maintenance with time but even in 100 years from now these will still be iconic”.
Not just pleasing to look at, Devan argues that well designed objects and buildings can enhance one’s perception and mood, elevating any activity and inspiring an individual on a conscious and sub-conscious level.