I am soon to celebrate my 30th anniversary working in interior design and architecture. It’s hard to describe the different aspects of this profession since I have delved head-first into everything aesthetic. While addressing the numerous issues that everyone has to face in their everyday lives, particularly in recent times, my office has adapted quite well to work in the current norm of the design industry.
First, a look back. The 1980s were an exciting time of extravagant everything. Interiors were covered with layers and layers of brocades, damasks, and the ever-popular moires. Upholstered furniture was adorned with braids and tassels, and the jabot and swag window treatments were simply routine, no matter the age of your home was. If you happened to own a genuine old-fashioned piece of furniture, you proudly displayed it, and its patina added an atmosphere of authenticity and worth.
My experience in architecture made me a perfect match for the design of this period. It was an absolute pleasure to design rooms with historical significance or a genuine allusion to this.
Establishing and running the business was a distinct and equally crucial procedure that took place simultaneously with the creative process. The absence of “Insta” to communicate with potential customers and not even Google to search to find fast fabrics or furniture or websites to showcase your offerings. Your business was founded through your work and your connections.
Showhouses were held every year where designers scoured a room in a large home and then constructed it to showcase their distinctive style. It was a lot of labor for the design, which was not just required to pay for the total cost of renovating a room and depend on furnishings “showrooms” to loan furniture for weeks. The crowds would throng these occasions in which the designer could attend to interact with tour participants, discuss the design details, and build relationships with them. Evenings with special events were scheduled where designers could talk about specific design elements. In one evening, I explained how to bring humor into an area and the results in hanging an inflatable chicken from the window of a stylishly revamped kitchen. I gained four new customers through that talk. These were indeed the days, ….but I’ll get back to my topic.
There’s a change in the way things are done now. With the pared-down simplicity of living spaces, unpatterned fabric, straight-lined furniture, or rooms devoid of any significant architectural value, It’s easy to click Firefox and purchase an entire room directly from Wayfair.com. For those who may require some serious advice on design, visit a sleek site with photos of a vase or a lampshade, and choose immediately that this design company is perfect for you! It’s only after a couple of weeks that you realize among the most crucial elements of designing is the relationship that exists (or does not exist) between yourself and your designer. A successful design result depends on this, and you cannot tell this by looking at a picture of the lampshade.
A couple of times ago, a web designer informed me that my site was too long and should be simplified. I was determined to cut it down. At this point, I understood that precise descriptions of the projects were so integral to the success of the overall success of those projects, so I’d not just be harming my clients but also the project itself. Written descriptions of projects convey essential design elements, the crucial procedure, and in specific ways, get the designer-client relationship, which is critical to the successful completion of any design work.
My office continues to draw every drawing by hand. We select colors and fabrics using actual samples and will only employ computer-generated information if required. In other cases, there’s too much chance of misinterpretation. I’ll admit it. I’m a little old-fashioned. However, this method has worked for me and those who have been working with me for a long time. I may not be able to see you at a forthcoming designer showhouse or deliver a presentation about the use of humor in a design; However, I am sure that being old-fashioned is a secure way to be successful in design!