Client to architect: “I want a space that looks like a 1960’s movie set, that could comfortably be inhabited by robots, where Captain Kirk might beam down, that would confuse and bewilder visitors, while over time becoming annoying and cliché to our staff. Can you do that?”
This would make a wonderful set for an operatic rendition of Dante’s Inferno – just add a little smoke. Sometimes designers miss that humans will inhabit their creations. Comfortable, inviting, inspiring versus angular, threatening, disconcerting – it’s each viewer’s choice.