Interior designing is a complete journey towards creating a dream space. These spaces speak your language; they are an extension of yourself. The client is the soul of our project. Ar. Meena Murthy Kakkar will throw light on how their design studio is different from other firms:
- What makes Envisage different from other interior designing firms?
Envisage is a design and build firm dealing with a very diverse portfolio spanning sectors from residential architecture and interiors, institutional architecture and interiors, corporate interiors and hospitality interiors.
One can opt for pure design consultation services or go in for a combination of design+/and build services as an end to end solution. Envisage has both a design studio and a dedicated projects team.
The USP of the design studio is that we do not insist on creating spaces adhering to a particular school of thought. Our designs stem from the client’s comfort zone. We expose them to a variety of choices in terms of look and feel and the one they identify with the most is then taken down the road to perfection.
The results are visible in our varied portfolio. One can find an entire gamut of themes ranging from industrial to contemporary and from Victorian to ethnic Indian.
The projects team, on the other hand, has a single focused goal- i.e. to keep the project within the budget, stick to the given deadline and achieve the best possible finishing in all departments.
Having two dedicated teams ensures healthy arguments inside the office, both of which are working towards the betterment of the project.
- What is the scope of interior designing in self-constructed project in comparison to already built ones?
It is certainly an advantage to do interior designing in self-constructed projects as compared to already built ones as in the former; the visualisation of spaces is done in detail along with the structural design itself. This helps us in starting right from defining the spatial volume for every activity/zone.
It’s also cost-effective as the building services (like electrical, plumbing and HVAC) also get designed according to the final internal layout. There’s no need to modify anything and add to the cost.
- How different it is to design research and institutional projects?
Research and institutional projects have to stay relevant to the changing times and educational methodologies, for the longest period as compared to most other typologies. This makes, pre-empting future trends and requirements an absolute necessity. They also have to have space for expansion. As constructing such huge numbers in real estate square feet – from scratch- every few years is highly impractical.
- Does budget plays a constraint while designing residential projects?
Well, budget impacts any project- big or small. But the true decider of the quality of outcome in case of residential projects would be the faith invested by the client in the designer and his skills. Residence design (structure +interiors) is a typology where there are hardly any repeated spaces and each one has to be practical in its design and appeal to the aesthetic leanings of the user. Sometimes due to the personal nature of these spaces, clients start taking over the designing process themselves. This is what spells doom for the project as the visualisation skills possessed by the architect/interior designer is far more than that of the client. Then even the best of materials and the biggest of budgets cannot save the project.
But on the other hand, if the designer is entrusted with faith, he/she can come up with the most creative and cost-effective solutions for making a space aesthetically alluring!
- How important it is to design sustainable interiors while considering the current trend?
Sustainability is the process of maintaining change in a balanced fashion. One of the most important roles of a design thinking professional is to join the dots from- what was, what is and to extend the dots to- what will be. So predicting change and future requirements are part and parcel of the process. This helps in creating a sustainable design. Sustainability as an intelligent and responsive reaction to the changing environment thus becomes an integral part of the design and across all typologies.
- What are the key things to consider while designing hospitality projects in comparison to residential ones?
Though both are places to stay and relax, there’s a world of a difference in designing residential and hospitality interiors. A residence is designed for a particular person keeping in mind their artistic /aesthetic choices. But a hotel room has to cater to people across a huge spectrum. Thus it has to be more generic in its choices. Due to the difference in scale between the two typologies, building services become one of the key guiding factors for design in the hospitality sector.
- What are the prime things you focus on any project as a corporate interiors designer?
The first stage of corporate interior design deals in getting the right requirements. A number of people, spatial hierarchy, company-specific spaces, an average age of the worker, etc. getting this info correctly is half the work done. Next would be addressing the changing trends in office design and analysing how much of it is actually relevant to the company in question.
With most people spending a majority of their day in their offices, designing for the physical and mental well-being of the user is of utmost importance. Greens, daylight, breakout spaces are all a good part of the current office design trend- and for a good cause!