In­spi­ra­tion can come from sev­eral dif­fer­ent sources

Danielle A de­sign for bring­ing spa­ces to life sees Flem­ing, in­te­rior de­signer at Har­ro­gate-based Ab­so­lute Com­mer­cial In­te­ri­ors, get cre­ative.

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My jour­ney with Ab­so­lute Com­mer­cial In­te­ri­ors started back in Novem­ber 2017, hav­ing made the leap into com­mer­cial in­te­rior de­sign in 2016.

I grad­u­ated from univer­sity with a de­gree in Prod­uct De­sign and ac­tu­ally worked as a kitchen and bath­room de­signer be­fore find­ing my way to the world of in­te­rior de­sign, and specif­i­cally of­fice in­te­ri­ors.

I kick­start each morn­ing with a strong cof­fee and a scroll through Pin­ter­est for in­spi­ra­tion.

Our of­fice has amaz­ing views of the Crim­ple Val­ley viaduct, so I like to take five min­utes at the start of the day just to en­joy the sur­round­ings and gather my thoughts for the day ahead.

Every Fri­day we have a tra­di­tion at the of­fice for ‘Ba­con Sand­wich Fri­days’ which has be­come a weekly high­light for the team.

It’s a weekly treat and a great chance for the team to catch up on projects, which of­ten leads to some great ideas be­ing shared. I spend my morn­ings re­search­ing what’s hap­pen­ing across our sec­tor, whether that’s of­fice in­te­rior trends or de­sign in gen­eral.

I get a lot of in­spi­ra­tion from web­sites such as Pin­ter­est, Dezeen, Of­fi­cein­spi­ra­tion.com, OnOf­fice, Of­fice Snap­shots and even LinkedIn.

Hav­ing built up a large col­lec­tion of clients and con­tacts over my time in the de­sign in­dus­try, it’s al­ways good to see what’s hap­pen­ing on dif­fer­ent projects across the globe.

Mid-morn­ing, we usu­ally have an ideas meet­ing with the de­sign team. We have a fan­tas­tic open plan of­fice so even if we’re not in a meet­ing set­ting it’s easy to share ideas amongst the team through­out the day.

Each member of the team de­signs in a slightly dif­fer­ent way, so it’s good to col­lab­o­rate, pull on dif­fer­ent ar­eas of ex­pe­ri­ence and get a fresh pair of eyes to look over a pro­ject.

A high­light for me is the fact that we’re a dog-friendly of­fice. It re­ally does brighten the mood in the of­fice, no mat­ter the se­ri­ous­ness of our client meet­ings. Hav­ing dogs in the of­fice is proven to help re­duce stress and im­prove pro­duc­tiv­ity so it ticks a num­ber of boxes for us.

As a de­signer, your days can re­ally vary – one day you’ll be in the of­fice all day work­ing on a new pro­ject, like re­design­ing El­land Road’s hos­pi­tal­ity suite, and the next you’ll be trav­el­ling to meet a new client to take a brief or present your ideas.

My favourite el­e­ment of the job is meet­ing clients to take a new brief on board, it’s al­ways in­ter­est­ing to see how the de­sign de­vel­ops based on their ini­tial ideas of what they felt was im­por­tant for their of­fice needs.

Some­times it stays the same and the de­sign re­flects their ini­tial re­quire­ments, but of­ten as a de­sign de­vel­ops, we’re able to add or al­ter el­e­ments to cre­ate a de­sign that truly meets their ex­act needs.

Lunchtimes in the of­fice are great as we have an open plan shared kitchen and din­ing area.

It’s per­fect if we only have time to grab a short lunch be­cause it means that we can still sit down and en­joy a meal to­gether rather than getting some­thing on the go.

A trend that we have con­tin­ued to see crop up in of­fice de­sign is the use of com­mu­nal and break­out spa­ces in­tro­duced through­out projects.

Pre­dom­i­nantly, the rest of my day is ded­i­cated to de­sign­ing. We work on mul­ti­ple de­sign projects at a time, the quan­tity changes week-on-week de­pend­ing on the stage of the pro­ject, which can in­clude ini­tial sketch, through to de­vel­op­ment, pric­ing and fi­nally con­struc­tion. We’ve al­ways got sev­eral dif­fer­ent projects on the go at once, which means you can pull ideas from dif­fer­ent ar­eas. Even when we’re in the fi­nal stages of a de­sign, our ideas are still flow­ing so we can sug­gest last-minute ad­di­tions to clients.

One of my favourite de­sign projects to work on so far was One Pay, based in Ilk­ley. The client fully trusted our judge­ment on the pro­ject and en­cour­aged us to be cre­ative in cer­tain ar­eas of the of­fice.

At Ab­so­lute Com­mer­cial In­te­ri­ors, we re­ally are very lucky to work in such a ter­rific of­fice space with beau­ti­ful views.

Our man­ag­ing di­rec­tor,

Phil Brown en­cour­ages us on the de­sign team to in­ves­ti­gate dif­fer­ent skills we would like to develop on projects, both per­son­ally and as a team.

The of­fice is al­ways filled with our lovely sup­pli­ers who pop in reg­u­larly for weekly ‘Lunch and Learn’ ses­sions where we gather round as a team to see new prod­ucts or ma­te­ri­als on offer – while en­joy­ing some sand­wiches or cake.

We have a fan­tas­tic open plan of­fice so even if we’re not in a meet­ing set­ting it’s easy to share ideas.

DANIELLE FLEM­ING:A high­light for me is the fact that we’re a dog-friendly of­fice.

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