There’s a new design term percolating over from Europe called “broken concept.” I think of it as open concept 2.0.
If the point of open concept is to remove all dividing walls to combine multiple rooms, Broken Concept is about achieving openness while retaining some separation. Think of it as a halfway point between individual rooms and complete open concept.
Some homeowners are realizing that open concept is OK when there are few people in a home but the more residents added, the more privacy decreases as intrusion increases. There is a reason we all don’t live in wall-less communal studio spaces. Maybe you’ve just had a spat and you need some physical separation to cool off. Or the more typical reader facing off against the sports fan.
But as we know, open concept does some things really well. It’s great for entertaining groups. It’s great for connecting the kitchen to the rest of the house. It’s great for increasing light transmission. It’s great for improving sight lines. It’s great for making several poky rooms feel much larger and grander.