Intelligent Design: Design with Function in Mind Advice from West London Interior Designer, Natalie
Plan for real life! In the interior design process always plan for real life.
Begin with the most important step – space planning.
Space planning is important, to make sure you block out interior spatial areas, defining circulating patterns and developing plans for furniture layout and equipment placement.
The aim of space planning is to create efficiency for everyday life and excluding unnecessary additions and short-term trends that won’t last in the long run.
At Nu projects build and Koja Interior Design we always do a thorough plan together with both build and interior in mind and throughout the process. We aim at long term simple solutions. That will make a difference to your everyday life and therefore improve your efficiency and enjoy your design more as it’s not just visual but also practical.
Once our designers at Koja Design studio have an idea of how the space should function and flow, we liaise with our clients to merge the requirements with our clients desired requirements for the desired aesthetic and atmosphere. Then we create the concept for the space and together with NU projects we incorporate this in the build for the ultimate intelligent design.
Interior Design begins before the build. To make sure the build team at Nu projects incorporate all necessary measurements such as where all the technology, underfloor heating, light switches, symmetrical layout, doors, and placement of different units etc.
Interior design is more than just where and how you place a piece of furniture.
As an interior designer, at Koja Design, you have to be able to tell a story about how the interior is going to come together with all the different elements and pieces.
Quality is key, materials and construction affect how a person experiences the finished room. Good quality material makes a huge difference to the feeling for a room compared to poor quality material. This is where NU projects really make a difference making sure we always use the best materials and products even at budget sensitive projects.
We aim to always use natural materials at Koja Design for the interior design part. Fabrics such as wool, silk and linen and we priorities furniture with solid wood construction, locally and well-made bespoke products in our design studio in London. Its important to understand that spending a lot of money on something does not necessarily mean that you are purchasing a quality piece.
An interior designers’ concept is nothing without the supporting details. Such as the quality of the build, the scale of a walk-in closet or the quality of the finish. A good designer must be detail-oriented and will specify all of the particulars’s in order to best support the overall vision. This is where Koja Design designers and Nu project together creates the most amazing quality projects together. It’s all about the team, creating the perfect balance.