1. Using a Single Thread
Samyama believes that, be it colors, textures, patterns or forms, they all have to be part of a single thread in order to attain an interior that is harmonizing and peaceful.
This Single Thread means visual and aesthetic coordination. For example all the colors you see in Samyama's interior are what the Chinese refer to as Dadise 大地色 or the basic earth tones of red, blue, yellow, brown and green. There are no bright pinks or psychedelic colors to shock the senses. Even with patterns, most of what you see at Samyama are geometric or abstract and if realistic, are naively depicted. The forms of most of the items are also organic or abstract and the textures are all rustic rather then slick. When all are put together there is no clash and the space becomes a total piece of art rather then consisting of many pieces of art works. It is what the ancient Chinese in their landscape gardening design called De Ti 得體 and what Richard Wagner in his music compositions called Gesamtkunstwerk or total work of art.
2. Dynamic Energy
A space can look peaceful and harmonious but can also put you to sleep. Though Samyama's spaces are very serene, there are always thoughtful ways of decorating that excites the eye and energizes the space. This is the 17th century concept of "Shi" that the Chinese used in their paintings. The artist would create visual dynamism in his paintings by creating visual directional contrasts or color contrasts or conceptual contrasts. So many interesting types of contrasts can be found in the interior displays in Samyama.
3. Proportional and Asymmetrical Balance Between Solid and Empty Spaces.
If everything in a room were of the same height and also evenly spaced, the interior will look boring or cluttered. But when properly grouped together and the alternating of different heights and sizes is considered the space will look less cluttered and more interesting yet balanced. For example, instead of placing 5 items equidistant from each other, three small items grouped together and is balanced with two bigger items placed together on the other side of a shelf.
4. Rustic Elegance
The Chinese call this Puzhuo 樸拙 and the Japanese call it Wabi Sabi or shibui.
Why the need for rusticity? Because this is the look that is calming. It is attained through an assemblage of objects that humans have created by hand while over time, nature has weathered them. This is one of the main criteria of objects selected by Samyama. The aged patina is highly desired be it on a bronze, or cloth. When things with the same level of rusticity are placed together the space becomes mellow and casual rather than formal and tense. This allows for a relaxing and comforting ambience that most modern homes are seeking to attain.
5. Balance of the Five Elements - Water, Fire, Metal, Earth and Air
In Ancient Chinese believe nature is in harmony because the five elements of water, fire, metal, earth and air are in balance. This is a philosophy that Samayama strongly believes in and tries to adhere to. Can you imagine a room there everything is red? The fire element will be too strong and visually and mentally and such a space can burn us or tire us down. At Samyama if there is too much wood in a space we try to add metal objects or if the fire element is too strong we add objects with blue colors that look cooling so the space is in harmony.
6. Make the Small feel Big
If a space is small one will feel claustrophobic. But the Chinese in their ancient gardening design have solved this problem by using water to reflect space and walls to give an image that there is more behind. This layering concept with multiple walls and curtains is also used at Samyama so that when you enter you will feel that the space is endless and not feel crammed at all.