“You want to raise the stage and make it diffuse.” – Brad
That bit of advise from an audiophile is true for all arts. Beauty in creative space is “up there.” Light, sound, and energy all seem to originate overhead. Our appreciation for space starts when it gets to mingle with itself above us and drift down.
No matter how good the architecture, it will be better up higher. “Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of light, who does not change like the shifting shadows.” James wrote in his letter to the Christian Church. That reality extends to every good purpose, especially the creative and noble.
We used to understand this. Cathedrals and great halls benefited from open spaces overhead. We want our light from above. Glaring lights to the left and right, or directly in front of us at our brow, can never replace the joy of diffuse light from above. The artist, whether culinary, cabinet maker, musician, columnist, stone cutter, painter, potter, or tailor, will thrill at the highest ceiling.
An architect will always be appreciated and long remembered if he designs at least the artist’s studio, whether kitchen or sewing room, shop or gallery, to be as high as possible and full of light and resonant space.