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In­te­rior de­signer and founder of Cameron Woo De­sign.

Award-win­ning in­te­rior de­signer of Cameron Woo De­sign, Cameron Woo, is also chair of the In­te­rior De­sign Con­fed­er­a­tion Sin­ga­pore’s new de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme that aims to im­prove the ex­per­tise of in­te­rior de­sign­ers and stan­dards of prac­tice.

Ses­sions un­der the Pro­fes­sional De­vel­op­ment Pro­gramme (PDP) are cen­tred around ar­eas of growth and skills iden­ti­fied to be nec­es­sary for in­te­rior de­sign­ers to de­velop, such as un­der­stand­ing the im­por­tance of sus­tain­abil­ity and how to charge for de­signs.

Cameron kicked off the pro­gramme with his sem­i­nar, Colour Har­mony & Com­bi­na­tions, where he shared how he se­lects colours and com­bines them to cre­ate the right am­bi­ence for in­te­ri­ors. We speak to him about how PDP af­fects not just in­te­rior de­sign­ers but home­own­ers, too. What was the im­pe­tus be­hind PDP? We saw a very press­ing need for so­ci­ety to un­der­stand the role of in­te­rior de­sign­ers. Over­all, we find that home­own­ers have an in­ad­e­quate un­der­stand­ing of what an in­te­rior de­signer does and how they are qual­i­fied, so PDP hopes to clar­ify this.

More­over, there are many for­eign and for­eign-trained in­te­rior de­sign­ers work­ing in Sin­ga­pore, so there might be vary­ing de­grees of ed­u­ca­tion among them. There is both the need to stan­dard­ise the level of pro­fes­sional prac­tice as well as raise the min­i­mum bench­mark to in­ter­na­tional stan­dards.

Fi­nally, we want to make it known that in­te­rior de­sign is nei­ther an oc­cu­pa­tion nor a hobby, but a pro­fes­sion. What sig­nif­i­cance does PDP have for home­own­ers? PDP has a di­rect ben­e­fit to home­own­ers as it will en­sure that the in­te­rior de­sign­ers they en­gage are suit­ably qual­i­fied to com­plete such a com­plex task. Cur­rently, some clients en­gage par­ties who pur­port to be in­te­rior de­sign­ers, but re­ally are not. One dead give­away is when they tell you to pay for just the con­struc­tion fees, but the de­sign is free of charge – your core com­pe­tency as an in­te­rior de­signer is pro­vid­ing the de­sign so­lu­tion; if it were for free it would not be a pro­fes­sion. For some­one who does mostly luxe in­te­ri­ors, what can you im­part to other in­te­rior de­sign­ers whose projects are largely reg­u­lar homes? The de­sign so­lu­tion is not con­tin­gent on bud­get, it is formed in­de­pen­dently by re­spond­ing to the needs of the brief and client. Many peo­ple think that the so­lu­tion is de­rived by your bud­get. It is only when we come down to im­ple­ment­ing a de­sign that we can look at ma­te­ri­als and fin­ishes and fix­tures with a bud­get in mind. Es­sen­tially, the in­te­rior de­signer will show you the best so­lu­tion and then, af­ter that, we can see how to best make that hap­pen. What do you think of the lo­cal in­te­rior de­sign field? I have seen tremen­dous growth and a stan­dard of ex­cel­lence that has de­vel­oped since I opened my Asia of­fice here in 2005. Some­one once asked me if we are im­ple­ment­ing PDP to catch up with other coun­tries. That’s not our main con­cern – we’re in­ter­ested in ex­ceed­ing that to be­come the bench­mark for others. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT SEM­I­NARS AND WORK­SHOPS OR­GAN­ISED UN­DER THE PDP AT WWW. IDCS. SG. TO SEE CAMERON’S WORK, VISIT WWW. CAMERONWOODESIGN. COM.

LEFT With of­fices in Syd­ney and Sin­ga­pore, Cameron Woo De­sign has been in prac­tise here since 2005, and is no stranger to luxe projects such as this pen­t­house in Orange Grove Res­i­dences.

FAR LEFT Cameron de­signed Nas­sim Park Res­i­dences to bal­ance na­ture with its in­te­ri­ors, as seen in the wall­cov­er­ings of this mas­ter bed­room.

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