IMPLEMENTING LONG STANDING PRACTICES SUCH AS FENG SHUI WITHIN MODERN INTERIOR DESIGN GOES BEYOND THE CLASSICAL WESTERN DESIGN IDEALS OF AESTHETIC AND COMFORT. USING FENG SHUI TECHNIQUES GREATLY INFLUENCES THE ENERGIES AROUND US, IMPROVING OUR LIVES AND WELLBEING, ALLOWING THE OVERALL EFFECT WITHIN THE ENVIRONMENT TO BE ENHANCED, THUS LEADING TO GREATER PROSPERITY AND ABUNDANCE. STUDIO RYDER TAKES THE FUNDAMENTAL PRINCIPLES OF FENG SHUI AND WEAVES THEM DEEPLY INTO OUR DESIGN PROCESSES AND CLIENT OUTCOMES.
The ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui, meaning ‘wind’ & ‘water', dates back over 5000 years, with the aim of keeping energy or qi (pronounced chi) moving through the environment. The placement of objects within a space affects the flow of qi by redirecting it or unnecessarily accelerating it. Feng Shui is based on calculating the balance of this energy carried by all inanimate objects and redistributing this where necessary through colour, material selection
and product placement.
There are numerous Feng shui schools all using slightly different methods to achieve the same goal. The 2 main schools, the Form School and the Compass School which divided during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 CE) can be further split in to various branches such as the Black Hat Tibetan Buddhist (BTB), San Yuan, Fei Xing or Flying Stars and the Ba Zhai which calculates an individuals auspicious directions and Gua number using specific times and astrological dating.
The Form School looks at shapes and symbolism within the environment without the use of a compass as does the BTB, popular in Western societies in the 1980s, which also utilises
the Law of Attraction.
At STUDiO RYDER we use what’s considered to be the more traditional Compass School method. This practise derives from a thousands year old legend that saw a turtle emerge from the Lo River in China with a 9 numbered grid on its back. This became known as the Lo Shu or magic square. This square formed the basis of the Bagua map used in the Compass school and BTB methods of Feng shui.
The Luo Pan is the Feng Shui compass used to determine the precise and auspicious direction of an object within a space in order that positive energy can flow. A Luo Pan has markings of 24 directions with its needle pointing to the southern magnetic pole. Using this compass allows the direction of the front door to be established followed by a Bagua map which is then laid over the floor plan of the building.
The Bagua map is divided into 8 directions or trigrams representing 8 interrelated concepts, Wealth & Prosperity, Fame & Reputation, Love & Relationships, Family & Physical Health, Children & creativity, Knowledge & Wisdom, Career, Travel & Helpful People, and at it's centre, Spiritual Health & Wellbeing. These life situations carry an energy field that correlate to an area of the property or individual space. Through Feng Shui the energy within a particular space can be analysed and enhanced through the interrelated elements, colour, direction, crystals and materials, creating abundance within that quadrant.
Once the space has been divided according to the Bagua map, the key to successful Feng Shui is achieving the balance between yin and yang. Without this balance, qi has no potential to flow. When they are in balance, qi is plentiful. One cannot exist without the other. Both have properties assigned to them; Yin being female, passive and receptive, associated with the moon, the earth, dark and descending, Yang is male, moving, active and giving. All environments have yin & yang areas meaning there is an optimal place for every object. Distinguishing what is yin and what is yang is a principle element of Feng Shui within design and can lead to harmony and balance when this is achieved.
The 5 elements: Wind, Water, Fire, Earth & Metal are another type of qi or energy. They play a vital role in Feng Shui. The 5 phases of qi exist within everything. Everything within the universe is assigned to one of the 5 elements. Like yin and yang they are dependant upon one another to maintain the balance. Within the realms of design, properties are assigned to each element - colour, materials, seasons, pattern, shape and states of movement. An abundance of one will need balancing by the inclusion of another. Each element, relates to a direction (linking them to the Bagua Map) and where balance is achieved within an environment the flow of energy is
ensured, leading to a greater sense of wellbeing.
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