WHAT DOES AN INTERIOR DESIGNER DO
The interior designer is a kind of architect. The interior designer’s work is to fit out interior spaces. It requires a very high level of expertise since they can move walls, relocate spaces and interchange different functions. They fill the spaces thus created with content, playing with colours and different materials. They design the decorations and the lights. That is, from the design of spaces to the final fit-out of interior spaces, they deal with creating an intimate home with each element; of course, all this according to the client’s ideas, in constant consultation with them. It is important to note that an interior designer has a role not only in the case of a private property, but also as an agent for shops, food and drink establishments, and hotels. In these cases, of course, the needs are different and the function is different; nonetheless, different types of materials are built in since the target group is significantly different from that of homes.
We have already mentioned that this job requires a wide range of knowledge. But what are these areas? Well, for an interior designer, a basic knowledge of architecture is necessary. In order for them to design furniture, a certain level of knowledge of the metal and wood industry is required. In addition, they need to have up-to-date information about domestic and international design trends and the latest products.
And speaking of products, a good interior designer has an accurate knowledge of the places of procurement and prices of these products and materials, from simple mixer taps to curtains and to furniture. Since they work with the representatives of many different building trades (mechanical engineer, structural engineer, electrician, graphic designer and web editor) they need to know those fields, too, on a certain level since these areas are coordinated by the interior designer through appropriate communication.
WHAT MATERIALS DOES THE INTERIOR DESIGNER WORK WITH?
It is very difficult to give a simple answer to this question. You can probably see from the above that there is no other field in architecture where as many different materials would be used as in interior design. In fact, we could say that only imagination and creativity can limit the materials used. However, it is worth pointing out that most interior designers prefer natural raw materials. But they play with the colours of the walls, the lights, glass, various antique and modern furniture, and the list goes on. You can say that the imagination of a good interior designer has no limits. And this boundless imagination is what creates the materials, techniques and technologies used.