By: Mahsa Gholizadeh, Design Manager - Interact Group
Before an Interior Designer begins the whole design process, there is an initial consultation with the Project Owner. It is during this stage of the process that both parties can clearly discuss the idea, implementation and outcome of the project. This is the formation stage where the concept and theme is visualized mentally by the Interior Designer. It is possible that most clients would not necessarily understand the design process, so it is important for the professional to ask the right and relevant questions that would clearly outline the needs of the client and of the project. To do this, there should be a good understanding of what the functional space seeks to achieve.
The work of the Interior Designer mainly hinges on space planning, development and management. So, the most vital information to know is the size, shape, form and the location of the space. Based on this, advice can be given on how to make the project feasible with the concept and theme. This information later helps to determine what kind of elements to be used, and where they would each fit in the space to make it functional. It would also help to know the parameters and limitations of the scope of work.
Next, the Interior Designer seeks to understand the concept and theme of the project and what inspires that choice. To do this, there needs to be an understanding of the lifestyle, targeted audience, favorite colours, artwork, use of elements and lighting, branding and even shapes and textures preference. For example, when going through an initial consultation with an individual client for a residential project, consideration would be given to his lifestyle, favorite colours, civil status, most important space in the residence per its usefulness to the client, tastes and philosophies. At the end of the design process the space should function and match all the preferences of the client. An initial consultation for a commercial project would seek to find out the purpose of the project, targeted audience, product or service provided and branding. In the design process and with the use of elements, color, lighting and so on, there should be a common denominator regardless, that would fit all; more than one culture and common features that would meet the requirements of multiple users of the space in consideration with the targeted audience.
Knowledge of these project-specific information would allow for a setting up of a realistic timeline and budget.
After the Interior Designer gets all this information from the client, he/she begins to analyze the brief to be able to make a sound judgement, create a written plan, and start with the drawings.
A uniquely designed space should:
· be dynamic
· it should communicate with the end user
· it should be interactive with the end user
· it should speak for itself without much interpretation
· it should give aesthetic pleasure
The more details the Designer gets from the client, the easier it becomes to research, develop the idea, hence make the space functional and bring it to life using Design Principles.