From Concept to Space

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Translation of abstract concepts into materialized products is considered one of the most challenging tasks in design processing. This article provides experience-based insights into systematic translation of concepts into products in interior designing. It introduces a novel tool that helps guide the mapping of a concept into various design components, aspects, and values in design. The tool is represented as a three-dimensional matrix that encompasses the various layers of design considerations. The tool aims to facilitate systemization of the problem-solving process and enhance innovation in the design outcome production. The research methodology combines a theoretical design to develop the tool and its supportive concept maps, an action research to test its applicability in design projects, and a structured survey to evaluate the project participants’ feedback. Examples of the participants’ designs are illustrated and discussed. Findings about the tool implementation seem to enhance its adoption in the design learning environments of higher education.