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  • Writer's pictureNicholas Sunderland


Updated: Jun 18, 2023

Feng Shui 2023 Introduction Feng shui as many of us know has been practiced in China for 1000s of years, along with similar practices across the world with different cultures such as Vastu. I was fortunate to be involved in the expansion of the art into the UK in the early-90s and trained extensively here in the UK as well as the Far East. Its popularity waned for a while, never went away, but is now interestingly resurfacing again here in the UK following the global pandemic in a more commercial way.

Many don’t realise that feng shui energies change every year, but less know it changes dramatically every 20 years. In 2024 we enter the next phase of 20 years going into period 9 from the current period of 8. It’s a complex system that can be dealt with relatively simply however, if you know how.

It can work on individual rooms, to whole buildings, offices houses apartments, there are no limits, you can even adapt it top your own private office.

I propose a series of articles over the next few weeks as we run towards the Chinese New Year on January 22nd and the Solar New Year on 4th February when feng shui changes for 2023 take effect. Whilst it’s by no means a religion, as with most cultures it has its Horoscopes and its Gods it refers to as a means of explanation and support. It’s a way of life for millions across the world and birth dates do play a part in energy analysis.

I have as far back as 1992 used Feng Shui as a balancing foundation in my designs, avoiding the oriental imagery many think of, and utilise specific elements such as metal, wood and water to trigger the energies. Think of it as Acupuncture for the home or building. Yes wind chimes if the client likes them, plants of course but never the gaudy ornaments you see advertised. In hospitality, a good example is Pan Pacific in London; its design oozes elegance and tranquillity and has a nod to feng shui, if not intentional.

At the Hospitality and Design conference last year, the first after the pandemic, many speakers talked about the needs of the individual, the staff at all levels, the guests, in fact everyone involved needing looking after. Wellbeing was the focus and for the first time in many years Feng Shui was openly being discussed as a system to incorporate into the design and layout. Whilst a clean uncluttered layout and calming colours work across a site, in a reception area it needs to be a little stronger, receptive and welcoming. The entrance needs to attract and influence from the start, and here the feng shui analysis will help.

It starts with a mathematical calculation based on the direction of the entrance or where the greatest light comes into the building. Based on the age of the building, when you moved in and the actual year of analysis, a series of calculations determine what can sit where.

In other posts I will explain a little more, but if you have questions please get in touch.



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