Technology now plays a fundamental role in how we work
While they may be going old-school for research, when it comes reducing the amount of time (and paper) spent on the dreaded admin or helping with developing concepts, these interior designers won’t be stepping away from software any time soon.
“I’ve always been a bit of a traditionalist and prefer to work by hand”, Freddy tells us. “But in the past year I’ve been working on an iPad Pro and it’s revolutionised the way I run our business. My studio can send me a pdf and I can instantly mark it up with comments or delete whole sections. I can also re-draw floor plans or elevations within seconds. It’s saved me a lot of time – which is precious in this industry!”
Bunny agrees. “Technology undoubtedly plays a critical part in our processes and systems – we use estimating software; PowerPoint for our presentations and CAD is essential when dealing with extensive design teams. However, we still prefer to produce free hand sketches rather than something computer generated. We feel that is the only way to keep the magic of the big reveal for clients seeing their finished space for the first time.”
The Internet also makes it incredibly easy to get in touch with new contacts and suppliers –the days of the Rolodex are long gone!
As most industries have, interior design has gone global
Shalini, Freddy and Bunny all work internationally and this is another way in which modern tech is a lifesaver – imagine the logistics of finding products and learning about local trends and requirements without it!
But it’s not only designers that are expanding globally. “Decorex has seen an increase in European and American suppliers showcasing their collections over the years,” Bunny tells us. “London is undeniably a world leader in design and Decorex is a crucial platform to showcase new products and materials –having more international suppliers attending reflects this to the rest of the world.”
What else can we expect from Decorex in 2017? All three interior designers from this post are speakers this year, so be sure to try and catch one of their panel discussions if you’re going to be attending. Freddy is also one of 12 designers selected by Decorex to be showcased at the event. Bunny and her team have designed the House & Garden VIP Lounge (it’s got a beach bar vibe). And Shalini has partnered with Decorex to design the Champagne Bar, turning to the Victorian era for her inspiration.
You can get your trade ticket for Decorex here.