Form follows function?

I accidentally read an article piece of architecture and industrial design, which states that in design, “form follows function”.

“Form follows function” is a popular modernist trend of design in the 20th century, which states that any design should have a functional purpose or one should be able to explain the purpose of any design existence. Whether it is shape, color, space, texture, or in general called “form”, there must be particular reasons to come up with such “form”. It should have a function or it should not be there.

” [If] a building is properly designed, one should be able with a little attention, to read through that building to the reason for that building.” – wrote Louis Sullivan, an American architect in 1918

Speaking on the perspectives of an audience, this principle does not satisfy me much. Because only functional function is not enough or sometimes not the main purpose. Form can also suit the purpose  of emotional function as well.

Form should follow both functional function and/or emotional function.


Grand Piano and Violin-shaped house in Huianan, China.   Form does not just follow function.





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