On Mondays, we practice critique skills with new artworks in different mediums.  This week we look at the work of interior designer Nic Lee, with his design for Molecure Pharmacy in Taichung, Taiwan.


Molecure is a 1,300-square-foot drugstore, and the pharmacist wanted a design that was non-traditional and wouldn’t feel like a laboratory. So, Lee used a lot of materials from nature to create an inviting atmosphere, such as a wall of stones behind the shelves, a wooden counter, and plants hanging from the ceiling.

When giving a critique, it’s polite to give both positive and negative feedback.  I’ll start and end with positive comments, and give any suggestions for improvement in the middle.

I think the designer was very successful in creating a space that feels natural and inviting. It doesn’t feel clinical or sterile at all. I think the spiral staircase is a beautiful focal point in the center of the room. The counter, which appears to be floating in space, is also a nice visual.

The only thing I dislike about this design is that it’s kind of busy. There are a lot of different textures and materials used, so it’s a little overwhelming. I think the plants hanging from the ceiling are a little distracting. The rest of the design has very clean lines and the hanging plants just don’t fit.

The lighting is another nice element of this design. It’s bright yet soft and creates interesting shadows on the floor. It also nicely illuminates the bottles that line the walls. It provides a warm contrast to all the gray tones used in the floor and on the walls. Overall, I think this space is successful and very welcoming.

What do you think of this design?  Do you agree with my critique?  Do you have questions about the vocabulary?  Do you want to suggest a piece for me to critique next week? Leave a comment below!

I’ve chosen 5 words or phrases for you to focus on today.  They are in bold.  If you don’t know them, look up the meaning, synonyms, antonyms, and other forms of these words. You can find links to Merriam-Webster dictionary sites at the bottom of this page.

To see more images and read the original article, written by Jesse Dorris for Interior Design on December 25, 2017, click the link below: