In the auditory world, the sounds emitted by various musical instruments, people, and animals each have different frequencies. Heavy, clear, or sharp, each frequency has its own characteristics, and the perfect harmony of instruments and voices that makes up a melodious tune is a combination of individual sounds that have each been treated with an equalizer.
This relationship also applies to the spatial world. Different materials evoke different emotions and styles: Glass recalls the clear yet soothing sound of the saxophone; wood has the same wide range as the piano, able to bring out spatial texture and depth; and metal is like a resounding bass drum, guiding spatial transformation. We understand space as if it is sound, and using the concept of the equalizer, we have adjusted the proportion of each material according to the auditory effect of its corresponding instrument; we treat each individually with an equalizer and then combine them to create a cozy living space.
Sounds treated with an equalizer are combined in the form of a smile curve, with low and high frequencies increased and middle frequencies weakened to balance out auditory contour lines and thus expand the critical bandwidth. We have translated this into spatial terms for the central television wall space, where wood and glass are arranged in a smile curve to deepen line of sight and expand the spatial vista.
Vocals, human voice, play the important musical function of singing a story against the background melody. The person is the focus of a residential space; the space carries time, and time chronicles one’s life. The equalizer produces a smile curve—when we design space, we design for a good life.