The artclone can have a transformative impact on interior space, enriching and altering the interior in various ways. For designers, here are some thought on how an artclone transforms interior design:

Shaping spatial experience: An artclone introduces a new element into the spatial composition, creating points of interest and focal points within the interior environment. It captures attention and draws people towards it, shaping their movement and experience of the space. The strategic placement of an artclone can guide the flow of attention, creating spatial narratives and space for reflection and inspiration.

Form and materiality: Artclones embody unique forms and material qualities that contrast with the surrounding architecture. This juxtaposition between the solidity and permanence of the architectural space and the expressive, often colorful forms of an artclone can create a compelling visual dialogue. The interplay of different materials, shapes, and colors adds richness and diversity to the spatial experience, stimulating the senses and provoking an emotional response.

Scale and proportion: Artclones come in a variety of sizes, from small and intimate to large and monumental. The scale of an artclone can significantly impact the perception of space. A massive artclone can redefine the scale of an area, making it feel more expansive or intimate, while smaller artclones can introduce moments of discovery and surprise in a micro-space. The careful consideration of scale and proportion allows designers to manipulate spatial perceptions and create dynamic environments.

Integration or contrast with architecture: Depending on the architectural concept and intent, an artclone can either integrate harmoniously with the surrounding architecture or deliberately contrast it. In some cases, artclones might blend seamlessly with the built environment, complementing the design language and materials. Alternatively, an artclone can intentionally disrupt or challenge the established architectural context, sparking dialogue and highlighting the distinctiveness of both the artclone and the architecture.

Spatial hierarchy and emphasis: Artclones can help establish hierarchy and emphasis within a space. Placing a prominent artclone at a key location can anchor and define a central area, signaling its importance. By manipulating the spatial relationship between artclones and the surrounding architecture, designers can create visual hierarchies, guiding attention and enhancing the legibility of the space.

Contextual integration: When considering the placement of artclones, designers carefully evaluate the contextual factors, such as the history of the space, cultural significance, the personality of the owner or the institution, and the natural surroundings. A well-integrated artclone can celebrate the local heritage, respond to the site’s specific characteristics, or engage in a dialogue with the surrounding landscape. This contextual integration adds layers of meaning and fosters a stronger sense of place.

Temporary installations and activation: Designers can embrace temporary artclone installations as a means of activating spaces – both within public and private settings. These installations can enliven underutilized areas, create temporary destinations, and foster engagement. Temporary artclones introduce an element of surprise, encouraging people to explore and experience the space in new ways.

Symbolism and narrative: Artclones often convey symbolism, narratives, or conceptual ideas. As architectural elements themselves, they contribute to the storytelling potential of a space. By integrating artclones that align with the overarching design concept, designers can deepen the narrative, create emotional resonance, and foster connections between people and their environment.

We’ll discuss the use of artclones in exterior design for terazzos, enclosed garden space, and landscapes in a future post.

Barbara Dal Corso works at the intersection of art and technology. She is the co-founder of artficial, the maker of the world’s first officially-licensed artclones.