As an interior designer, I make it my business to judge every retail, office and home space that I am in. I look at the artwork, the furniture, the paint color of the walls, the finish of the paint on the walls, the Carpet, window coverings, pictures, I even look at the garbage can if there is one visible. When I going to a restaurant, I look at the floor, the backsplash, the windows, mere, and The paint finish. Did you know that paint in restrooms should be done in high-gloss? This keeps moisture from soaking in.
Recently I was contracted to design and office space for architects! One of the architects that I worked with had presented me plans for a home that I did the furniture for. I found a great resource for vintage industrial office furniture that had plenty of items for that home, which I think is the reason Why I was hired for the job at this office.
Looking like a rockstar
When you shop at a box store like Home Depot or any other, you will find pieces that a customer can easily find on their own, that’s why I don’t shop furniture, lighting fixtures or any other piece that can be considered “signature” from major retailers.
Since the key to success and just about any industry is being resourceful, and since there really is, as Albert Einstein puts it, “creativity is the art of hiding your sources of inspiration” – or something like that… Here is a picture of one of the pieces I had delivered to that home which got me the job in the architects office:
The art of interior design and decorating begins with anthropology, how do the people who are in that space interact with the space? What is their primary function for being there? If it is a living room, are the chairs organized in a way that simulates conversation? Or Are all of the chairs focused only on the television set? The point of any living room, in my opinion, is to stimulate conversation among its inhabitants. How about an office? In a shared office space especially, that should lend itself to creativity. Creativity happens to be one of the greatest drivers of new business for any business. Innovation and in the spirit of entrepreneurialism can come I live with the proper environmental resources that stimulate the imagination. That is my take on design. It is pragmatic, it is creative and it’s own right, and it is the paradigm in which I operate when doing any such project. I think this is what gives me an edge in my industry, at least locally.
So when you are considering the space in which you work, live, shop… Look around and see what the design intent was meant to do. How about Starbucks? They have interior design nailed right on down to the music that is piped through the speakers. The atmosphere is totally built around sipping and expensive caffeinated beverage in the comfort of a creative coffeehouse Which just about every American can enjoy, which is why Starbucks is considered the “third-place.” I only wish I had that contract. Thanks for stopping by.