We can easily re-live our experiences in nature. A sunrise walk along a smooth beach, an energetic hike on a stony ridge, a quiet stroll in the soft lush woods – these rich memories touch our emotions and last as we age. They are genuine and timeless.
If we hope to succeed at creating similarly valued memories in the built environment, the places in which we live should strive to equally endure – to survive the trends of time. This is the essence of timeless design. It’s the opposite of trendy design, which often memorializes a moment in time.
They should be made of honest earthly materials that connect us back to nature. Natural materials age gracefully and are ultimately the most sustainable. They should consider and respect the lessons offered by their neighboring historical structures. They should be a reflection of the culture in which they reside. They should be familiar, flexible and timeless so they may be mentally owned and physically adapted. Beautiful inspiring timeless design is passed down – a legacy for those that follow to adapt and re-use. Timeless design is not a style – it’s a design language, a filter used to make every design decision.