AS FAR AS THE EYE CAN SEE
VTxT’s aesthetic code of concision, clarity, restraint and refinement involves an iterative use of parsing to strip away the superfluous. The goal – to get to essentials that celebrate economy of means and precision Monolithic forms, attenuation of lines/edges, economy of material palette are some of the tools used by VTxT “to make things disappear”.
Minimalism is not the end-game for VTxT. Its Less Is More ethos seeks ways of articulating the specificities of culture and place without the literal use of ornaments. Instead of creating overt formal statements, the dynamics of architectural form and space are sought to create subtle experience and more importantly, a human embodiment in design.
VTxT recognises that design is not pure art. Design is accountable to briefs and programmes; it has to consider fitness of shape/style for purpose and for private house commissions, the personalities of clients. The last, VTxT facilitates via close dialogue with clients so that it can uncover the particularities of each commission. Design with its affordances exists at the nexus of culture, politics, sociology, technology, economics, etc.
As an adjunct, VTxT explores design with theatre set commissions. Set design has its own language. It can embody the liminal; space-time considerations that are not always easy to incorporate into architecture and interior design. Where appropriate, ideas developed for sets are incorporated into other commissions.
Language, as John Berger describes, embodies the articulate and inarticulate. And design, in the spirit of yuugen can articulate the unseen by suggestion, with atmosphere. For VTxT, form, space, affordances and atmosphere come together to create texts.
“design is not the act of amazing an audience with the novelty of forms and materials; it is the originality that repeatedly extracts astounding ideas from the crevices of the commonness of everyday life.”