July 27 , 2010

Interior Design and Math

Here's a secret you might not know: I used to be an elementary, classroom teacher. Yup. I was Ms. Koplovitz, your 4th grade teacher

Math was my favorite subject to teach — just as it was when I was a kid. I was one of those girls who was good at math.

There was one thing you could bet on: When you taught adding fractions, some kid would invariably complain: when am I ever going to use this? Convert fractions and add them? I am never going to do it in my life.

Well, Mr.-Smartypants-4th-grader, I use this skill ALL the time. Yesterday, I had a template scheduled for a fire place surround for my Cambridge job. Here is a mock up of the column design we are doing on the face of the mantle.

Column mock up 

It was all about eights, sixteens, halves and quarters. Calculators make it more confusing because you have to convert to decimals and then back. An Excel spreadsheet would have made it easy, had their been a computer handy. (There wasn't).

So, I just took out a pencil, lined up those fractions and added. Old school. Yup. Math and Design go hand in hand. Or rather arithmetic and design…and certainly geometry and design. 2 trains traveling at different speeds? Calculus? Not so much.


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12 thoughts on “Interior Design and Math”

  1. On first glance you wouldn’t associate our Gordon with fractions. But when measurements are needed he is instantly all there. He just wants a plain wooden pencil with an eraser. Picture hanging was like a sporting competition to him, perfection his goal. Fun to watch.

  2. Ha! So, this is the time when you tell kids in school that they WILL use math skills outside of school? 😉 I was good at math too and have come across some calculations for my home’s renovation spaces (that are at an angle). Thanks for sharing!

  3. If you have no knowledge of math, I could imagine how hard it would be, to create and design beautiful scuptures, houses, etc. Also, the beauty of numbers and patterns can be found in nature… everywhere! ..I mean..just look at a snowflake.

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