Happy home creates a better life

  In the “Mitaka Destiny Reversal Residence” on the outskirts of Tokyo, American fashion home designer Ingrid Lee felt that she was in a state of intoxication: red, yellow, orange, purple, sky blue, sea blue, turquoise green… The colors inside and out were so cool that they were explosive. No wall was painted white, and no corner was square. Li carefully stretched out a leg so as not to lose his balance and fall to the ground, because the floor of the house is an uneven artificial sand dune. In her best-selling book “The Form of Joy” published in 2019, Li described her above-mentioned experience.
  The somewhat slurred name “Mitaka Destiny Reversal House” means “a house that can affect or change destiny.” The house was designed and built by American artist Madeleine Kings and Japanese architect Shusaku Arakawa. The artist couple wanted to prove that design can have an extremely important impact on human perception.
  Kings and Arakawa firmly believe that the monotonous housing of modern people will accelerate their physical and mental rigidity and aging. They hope to use innovative architectural design to stimulate the human senses, rejuvenate youthful vitality, and achieve the purpose of anti-aging. Of course, there is no clear scientific basis for this.
  Li, who stayed in the “Mitaka Destiny Reversal Residence” for a short time, called her experience “a fascinating carnival for the senses.” She said: “I have never felt so focused on light, color and smell before.”
  This trip to Japan is only one of Li’s search. Her original intention of exploring the road was to find the ultimate happiness equation in home design. The residences Li visited include country gardens, villas in South France, tree lodges with meals and even prisons. With all these living experiences, the designer who graduated from the prestigious Parsons School of Design has refined a “happy aesthetic”. She said: “Even just the slightest design changes to the environment we are in can enhance our comfort and give us happy times.”
  Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell, “Heffen” Famous people such as Arianna Huffington, the founder of The Dayton Post, praised the book “The Form of Joy.” In addition, Li’s speech at the TED conference on the theme “Where is happiness hidden? How to find it?” has been watched by more than 2 million people.

The “Bubble Palace” in France has been built for more than 40 years, and it still has a sense of the future. This luxurious villa was designed and built by Hungarian architect Anti Lovago. Lovago hates lines extremely, thinking that they are “naked provocations” to nature. Visitors who have visited the “Bubble Palace” are all impressed: as far as they can see, the scenery of the Mediterranean coast blends with the vibrant design of the “Bubble Palace”.

Kings and Arakawa also designed and built an “extended life house” in New York State.

  How can we bring happiness home? There is only one answer-color. Whether it’s an orange painted wall, a turquoise green chair, or a few colorful cushions, you can get immediate results. “The energy generated by color is visible to the naked eye, and it is far more than just decoration.” Li said.
  This is confirmed by the “political” actions of New York’s private institutions. The agency repainted bright colors on the facades of dilapidated public buildings, such as the school in East Harlem in the problem neighborhood of New York. With just a few buckets of paint, the volunteers magically transformed those lifeless buildings into places for people to meet together. According to the feedback from teachers and students of the school, after the school building was renovated, they felt that it was much safer, and various sabotage behaviors and absenteeism were also significantly reduced. There were even reports that students became more motivated to learn and their grades improved.
  Why are colorful colors so magical? For rainbows, sunsets, cherry blossoms, and all the seemingly colorful things, such as colorful confetti, colorful balloons, and soap bubbles, where does the universal love of mankind come from? Li found the answer in evolutionary biology. Color means food first. When our ancestors found colorful food, the colorful colors activated the reward mechanism in the brain and produced a comfortable feeling. This stimulus-response mechanism is deeply rooted in the human nervous system and is still working today.
  In Li’s view, the pursuit of happiness is equivalent to the pursuit of life. We love green plants, blooming flowers, green grass and lush vegetation, because all of these symbolize superior living conditions for us.
  Similarly, we will be attracted to round objects. The latest research results in the field of neuroscience tell us that the shape of square or spikes stimulates the amygdala in the brain responsible for fear emotions, and stimulates our fighting or escape instincts. Therefore, thorns, sharp-angled stones and even teeth will warn our ancestors to pay attention to safety. On the contrary, round and spherical objects will attract us to participate in the game, which means “safety”.
  So, should I throw away the square sofas and dark brown coffee tables at home in the old furniture recycling bin, and then buy back a bunch of colorful and fashionable furniture? Li’s answer is no. This designer in her early 40s is not happy that people understand her “happy aesthetics” as an unrestrained manifesto of consumerism. In her apartment in Brooklyn, New York, half of the furniture was bought from a flea market by her and her husband. They re-decorated them with various paints and fabrics. Li prefers furniture made of natural materials such as rattan, bamboo and linen products, which are all in line with the current trend of emphasis on renewable and sustainable.
  So, what is Lee’s opinion on the very popular minimalist fashion now? Fashionista Kim Kardashian’s luxurious villa in Calabasas, California was designed by Belgian star designer Axel Vivoot. The overall plan is to use “50 degrees of beige”. Palette-from egg white to snow white, there are all kinds of white in the whole villa. In this regard, Li’s evaluation is “a proper color phobia.”

The “Mitaka Destiny Reversal House” designed and built by artist couple Madeleine Kings and Arakawa Shusaku is located in Gifu Prefecture, Japan. Its ingenious design is dedicated to stimulating the human senses and prolonging life.

Fashion home designer Ingrid Lee

  Nowadays, our aversion to bright colors is everywhere. To get to the root of it, we have to start with Mr. Goethe. In 1810, Goethe wrote in his scientific paper “On Color Science” that the excessive use of color is a sign of lack of intelligence. He believes that only children, those with a low level of education, and the so-called “barbaric peoples” would like to be colorful. This view has far-reaching influence, and to this day, people who dress in a light-pigmented dress are considered to have elegant taste.
  There is another theory that the reason why minimalism is popular today is that people want to find a “hedge” for the super stimulus that is currently flooding in order to weaken and adjust its effect. Li did not agree with this view. She believes that if you give up color, you will also be forsaken with its positive energy effect, because a brightly colored environment can more arouse people’s sense of pleasure. A study by the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom showed that by placing a few pots of plants and hanging a few paintings in a dark office, the work efficiency of employees can be increased by about 15%.
  Li emphasized that she is not trying to impose interference on other people’s styles, what she cares about is inspiration and motivation. So, Ms. Ingrid Lee, is there any style that is depressing? “Of course there is! That kind of coal-gray wall will definitely make everyone depressed.” Li replied.