De­sign to value

THE LOW­DOWN

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In­te­rior de­sign could in­volve work on var­i­ous projects to trans­form your work­ing or liv­ing space and make it com­fort­able for use and aes­thet­i­cally ap­peal­ing. Work­ing closely with clients and ar­chi­tects, an in­te­rior de­signer com­bines tech­ni­cal knowl­edge with artistry to ex­e­cute his or her projects. From con­cept to com­ple­tion, an in­te­rior de­signer has to be in­volved in all stages of the project. There is an un­prece­dented op­por­tu­nity for growth in this in­dus­try. One only has to look at the new con­struc­tions — mixed-use res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments, bou­tique homes, malls, ho­tels etc — coming up across the coun­try. Nowa­days, real es­tate de­vel­op­ers hire spe­cialised in­te­rior con­sul­tants to add value to their prop­erty through well de­signed and theme-based in­te­ri­ors, which are en­gi­neered to­wards their client’s life­style

CLOCK­WORK While some days are spent in the of­fice pre­par­ing pre­sen­ta­tions and de­sign­ing, other days may be spent at the con­struc­tion site, an­swer­ing con­trac­tors’ queries or deal­ing with any de­sign-re­lated is­sues 9am: Check mails. Work on de­sign con­cepts or pick ma­te­ri­als 11am: Visit the site/fac­tory/ show­rooms 2pm: Meet with clients 5pm: Pre­pare de­sign pre­sen­ta­tions

THE PAY­OFF De­pend­ing on the em­ployer and one’s ex­pe­ri­ence, the av­er­age start­ing pay of an in­te­rior de­signer is be­tween R30,000 to R40,000 per month and se­nior de­sign­ers make over R50 lakhs a year SKILLS/TRAITS Knowl­edge of cer­tain de­sign soft­wares like Au­toCAD, 3DMax or Sketch up is a pre­req­ui­site Abil­ity to han­dle both aes­thetic and tech­ni­cal as­pects of de­sign­ing spa­ces Strong knowl­edge of ma­te­ri­als

GET­TING THERE Over the years this field has be­come more spe­cialised and em­ploy­ers give more im­por­tance to aca­demic and pro­fes­sional back­ground. Study­ing en­gi­neer­ing or ar­chi­tec­ture be­fore spe­cial­is­ing in in­te­rior de­sign can be help­ful. Many de­sign schools of­fer in­te­rior de­sign­ing cour­ses and some of­fer masters in fine arts with a spe­cial­i­sa­tion in in­te­rior de­sign IN­STI­TUTES AND URLS In­sti­tute of In­dian In­te­rior De­sign­ers, New Delhi www.ii­id­delhi.org Na­tional In­sti­tute of Fash­ion Tech­nol­ogy, New Delhi www.nift.ac.in/delhi/in­dex.html In­ter­na­tional In­sti­tute of Fash­ion Tech­nol­ogy, New Delhi www.iiftin­dia.net Par­sons The New School for De­sign, New York www.news­chool.edu/par­sons Do­mus Academy, Mi­lan www.do­musacademy.com/site/h ome.html PROS AND CONS Highly re­ward­ing De­lays in con­struc­tion have an im­pact on projects

THINKSTOCK

Value-ad­di­tion ser­vice: In­te­rior de­sign­ers en­sure that the client’s vi­sion is turned into a tan­gi­ble space, which is well planned and ap­peal­ing to a wide au­di­ence

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