Tech­nol­ogy and in­te­rior de­sign

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In 1979, when I first be­gan my study of ar­chi­tec­ture, con­struc­tion, and in­te­rior de­sign I used vel­lum, a T-square, lead hold­ers (draft­ing pen­cils) and lead point­ers (sharp­en­ers), a draft­ing brush, ra­dio­graph tech­ni­cal pen set, draft­ing ta­ble, com­pass sets and di­viders, tri­an­gles, and draft­ing tape, to name a few! I have al­ways loved draw­ing and I still have all the tools from yester-year and keep them close at hand. In the past 15 years, tech­nol­ogy has in­flu­enced many de­sign fields. In­te­rior de­sign is cer­tainly in that cat­e­gory. Some changes inmy in­dus­try of in­te­rior de­sign are the use of Au­toCAD, SketchUp, Re­vit, 3D Stu­dioMax, and the list goes on. The in­flu­ence of com­puter tech­nol­ogy on the in­te­rior de­sign field for over a decade has been prodi­gious. Tech­nol­ogy has opened up the process of how we de­sign, adding tremen­dous range, speed, and qual­ity to our de­sign and ren­der­ings that we present to our clients.

I see a com­pleted in­te­rior de­sign inmy head, which in­cludes fin­ishes, fur­nish­ings, win­dow cov­er­ings, and art... every­thing to com­plete the vi­sion. I truly be­lieve that this is a God-given gift! How­ever, most clients can­not en­vi­sion a com­pleted space; there­fore, hav­ing the tools and abil­ity to share the vi­sion in a per­cep­ti­ble way is in­cred­i­bly valu­able.

The changes in tech­nol­ogy have rad­i­cally changed since I be­ganmy ca­reer. In just a few hours de­sign­ers can ren­der an in­te­rior space w ith the ex­act fur­nish­ings, fin­ishes, and art, so that in­many cases it is hard to de­ci­pher whether you are look­ing at a pho­to­graph or a ren­der­ing. This ca­pa­bil­ity gives our clients a re­al­is­tic vi­sion of their projects be­fore they are com­pleted. This can take the un­cer­tainty and ner­vous­ness out of the process and put a client as true ease.

The first step we take is to as­sess the client’s needs. Cre­ativ­ity, inspiration and sketch­ing lead to the con­cept. From there, we cre­ate the floor plan and the process of build­ing the three-di­men­sional space where we show the ma­te­ri­als (fin­ishes) con­trast, light, and also de­fine the fur­ni­ture. This vis­ual is also a valu­able tool for us as de­sign­ers be­cause it al­lows us to eas­ily an­a­lyze other pos­si­bil­i­ties quickly.

The pre­sen­ta­tion to the client will in­clude a con­cept state­ment, di­a­grams, floor plans, sec­tions, and el­e­va­tions to vis­ually ex­press the de­sign. All of these com­po­nents help to con­vey the vi­sion. We also com­plete a light­ing plan and a fur­ni­ture plan as well as the 3D ren­der­ing.

In­te­rior de­sign is three-di­men­sional. A space con­sists of walls, a ceil­ing, floors and all of the art and fur­nish­ings in be­tween. We have to con­sider light, both nat­u­ral and ar­ti­fi­cial, as well as shad­ows. The new and ever-ad­vanc­ing tech­nol­ogy al­lows us to truly ed­u­cate our clients and pro­vide a level of de­sign quickly and com­pre­hen­sively. The ed­u­ca­tion and train­ing I have re­ceived and con­tinue to re­ceive is in­valu­able to com­mu­ni­cate my cre­ativ­ity and vi­sion for a com­pleted space that will of­fer­many years of true en­joy­ment for my clients!

Lisa Sa­muel ASID, IIDA, is a Santa Fe na­tive and prin­ci­pal of Sa­muel De­sign Group, lo­cated in the heart of down­town Santa Fe. She is an award-win­ning in­te­rior de­signer known for cre­at­ing unique in­te­ri­ors im­bued with warmth and el­e­gance. Lisa (info@samuelde­sign­ is pas­sion­ate about good de­sign that sup­ports well-be­ing.

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