Interior designers are trained individuals with an envious talent for pulling a room together, often using things you would never imagine. We certainly have a lot to offer and are an excellent resource for those who hire us — but what makes a designer stand out is the way they think about design. This post will give you an insight to how IDDS Interior thinks about design:
The Design Trichotomy: this can be referred to as the ability of IDDS designers to be able to adopt the mind frames of 3 different persons involved in the design – the Financer, the Designer and the User.
Merely looking at these 3 persons, you can tell that their needs and requirements for a space cannot be exactly the same.
As core Commercial Interior Designers, we have mastered the art of thinking like these 3 persons, as opposed to only thinking like an Interior Designer.
As the Financer, the first and most basic element for why any client chooses their designer is price. As designers, we try and minimize the headache in the budgeting process by being as upfront as possible with our costs from the get go. Being clear with everything budget-wise on both ends of the client/designer equation can directly lead to better client relationships and makes for an easy transition from talking logistics to actually designing.
Secondly, most clients are aware that they will be investing a significant amount of time and, more importantly, a fair share of faith and trust into their designer. Therefore, it’s important that clients find someone with whom they vibe with, a designer with a personality and work habits similar to theirs. As the Designer, it is our job to create a space that is both functional and aesthetically pleasing to both the Financer and the User of the Space.
As the User, the needs would vary differently depending on the kind of space it is, and also the target market of the business. For instance, if a space is being created by IDDS, for the use of pregnant women, we would consider every need of a pregnant woman during the design of the space, from the perfect furniture to the best flooring for ease of movement.
3 Dimensional Approach to Design: at IDDS Interiors, we view the design of a space in a 3 dimensional manner. The design of a space for us, is beyond colors and patterns, as we take every element of a space into consideration. The major elements of every space would include – the Ceiling treatment, Wall treatment, floor treatment, Furniture, Accessories and Soft Furnishing, Window treatment and Lighting.
A great design needs a combination of well thought plans for all these elements, if that is not done, a design can look empty and feel lacking.
At IDDS, we also put every element of design into consideration during our design process. The elements of design includes Space, Line, Color, Light, Texture, Pattern and Form. These elements need to flow and be properly aligned during the design of a space.
Collaboration and Teamwork: at IDDS, we strongly believe that when it comes to maximizing the effectiveness of an organization, no matter how big or small, teamwork can improve just about every aspect of its performance. Collaborating on a project creates an enthusiasm for learning that solitary work usually lacks. Being able to share discoveries with the rest of your team excites employees and fosters both individual and team knowledge. So at IDDS, one designer does not totally drive a design, instead, we work together to pull the design of a space together, and finally choose the direction that the design would take.
In both design and execution phases, we have also mastered the art of communication with every other team involved in the design of a space. Constant communication between builder, architect and interior designer prevents issues from arising, solves problems quickly and helps create a perfect interior.
Sensual Design: a sensual space is one that is relaxing and comfortable. It is inviting, welcoming, with an air of sophistication and maturity. A sensual space is one where you feel as though you can manage to escape the daily grind of today’s hectic world.
The design of a space should ideally appeal to the 5 senses of the user; Sight, Smell, Sound, Touch and Taste (where needed). At IDDS, we understand the need for consumer experience to be at its best, and that is why we make sure to appeal as best as possible, to the human senses, during our design, to create the best user experience.
Designers and most people in every culture generally agree that we have positive feelings of a space that we ‘feel’ is sensuous. It influences our perception and it affects our experience.
Biophilic Design: Biophilia is a design driver that engages the end user by connecting them to primal instincts about the relationship between humans and nature. When done properly, we are calmed by the sight of greenery in the form of live plants and living walls, the sight, and sound of water, access to views of natural settings, and tactile organic materials such as wood and stone.
At IDDS, we prioritize Biophilia, as we ensure the use of live plants during design, in bringing nature into the interior of a building. Biophilic design can reduce stress, enhance creativity and clarity of thought, improve our well-being and expedite healing; as the world population continues to urbanize, these qualities are ever more important.
Biophilia is not just about plants, the obvious application of biophilia for indoor environments is the addition of plant life, but that’s just the beginning. Human response to natural processes goes much farther. Maximizing natural light benefits people as well as energy bills, but biophilic interventions incorporate natural lighting from diffusion to temporal changes.
Sustainable Design: at IDDS Interiors, we are sustainable interior designers, and we are committed to finding ways to balance aesthetics and functionality with choices that reduce the environmental impact of their designs. We practice sustainable interior design by designing for energy efficiency, designing for low environmental impact, designing for waste reduction, designing for longevity and flexibility and designing for healthy environments.
We maximize the efficient use of space, we use energy-wise construction and design materials, we use materials produced in socially responsible manners, we reduce waste by using reclaimed or recycled materials, we plan for energy-efficient lighting and we use non-toxic and non-polluting products to achieve a sustainable design.