So I recently polled my Facebook friends on a word that has been tossed around the design studio ALOT lately. It’s the word “CUSHY” and as we started sharing what that word meant, I realized it meant very different things to different people.
One of the steps in my “Designing with a Deadline” process is making sure that the client and designer both have similar terminology and potentially a deeper understanding of the “designer lingo” we toss around. That way there is no confusion when we start describing (1)what we as designers are presenting OR (2) the client is describing as what they want.
So here were some of the answers I got when I queried my friends on what the term CUSHY meant to them:
“Like a pillow – fluffy or soft”
” A hot colored cotton velvet” – NOTE THE COLOR REFERENCE HERE – NOT FEEL
“Comfy and plush”
“Cushy, mushy, not tidy, but comfy”
” I know it involves velvet and a deep pillowy softness” – NOTE THE REFERENCE TO VELVET AGAIN
THEN – there were the comparisons to body parts
“My stomach looks cushy so I better step up my workouts”
“It’s my bum girl!”
AND FINALLY – as it relates to life
“Used in a sentence…Interior Design is NOT a cushy job–it’s freaking hard work!”
“As in …my life is wonderfully Cushy when I am in bed drinking hot coffee with 2 million cushy pillows around me…. I just love those days!”
“My life is cushy…”
So as you can see, definitions of a word are very important. And when I was working with a client recently, they wanted their living room seating to feel cushy. Does this mean they want 100% down cushions? The Mr. thought he did. Until the Mrs. found out how much maintenance they were. When I explained what they wanted was a “down wrapped” cushion and that it would be plenty cushy for them and we just added two inches of depth to the sofa, then they both got what they wanted. A comfortable place for them to snuggle on the sofa together AND no fluffing maintenance needed.
Then we started discussing fabrics. He wanted something soft and “cushy” but a silk velvet and two small children were not meant for one another. SO what he really wanted was something that was soft to the touch, but very durable…..which he thought wasn’t an option. It was – outdoor velvet fabric to the rescue.
In the end, the moral to this blog post is to make sure the words and terms you are using in life and with your design are either universal or defined so everyone is on the same page. Here’s to a CUSHY life for all of us to enjoy!!