Anna, Interior designer

Anna, Interior designer


A conception about working in the built environment, whether that’s architecture or interior design,
is that you need to be really really great at maths and technical drawing I think nowadays, the other skills, the ones
that are about organising things, that are about the creative side, that are
about communicating, making things happen… those are really really the most important. You’ve got to care about other people, if you’re not doing residential work you’re
designing for hundreds or thousands of people over a long long period of time Today I’ve been designing a kitchen, so very
very detailed design Tomorrow I’m going to go and meet an architect
who I’m collaborating with to design a house on a remote Scottish island! I think it’s inevitable, if you’re working
in a business, even if it’s a creative business, running
the business and organising things and so on… are part of that. I’ve never resented doing any of that because
it’s, to me it is part of the whole process and actually I find sometimes a day doing
paperwork is a day when I can allow other ideas to kind of filter through, and then if I come back to a drawing that
I’ve been working on or that I’ve been stuck on… I’ve got a kind of fresh eye on it. I never get bored. There’s always something
new, there’s always a different challenge. I had a really really lovely text from a client, and they just sent me a text out of the blue
saying: ‘Every time we come down the stairs to our
kitchen it makes us smile… …thank you, for designing us such a fab
kitchen!’ And that’s the holy grail – that’s the thing
that I’m aiming for is if what I can do can make people feel happy
in their homes, forever or for years and years… that’s the
best reward.

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