The catalyst for this post came about when I read an insightful article 'Rationality and Affection in Interior Design' by Taiwanese interior designer D.Z Zhao in an interior architecture magazine last weekend. The article left a deep impression on me because of how true his points, as summarized below, are.
Nowadays, people expect a lot for themselves, especially when it comes to the design and renovation of their homes. Even as budgets and spaces are, in most cases, constrained, the tastes and needs of the occupants are usually unlimited. Thus, the interior designer is always tasked to work their magic around restricted budgets and spaces. We've heard enough stories about projects that went awry, because of unmet expectations and things not turning up the way they should 'rightfully' be. The fine line between who is right and who is wrong has been blurred in the reality of all the factors that come into play during the entire construction process. Were certain criteria set in the very first place? Clients need to be rational and ask themselves truthfully: are the expectations of the end-product in line with the budget, the time frame and space constraints given?
On the other hand, a designer also needs to fight a constant war against his or her personal affection towards every project. As Zhao muses, "which designer wouldn't want every single project to be his or her masterpiece?" and "which designer wouldn't love the idea of an unrestricted regimen?" But the fact is, unlimited budgets, zero interference from clients and an infinite work duration (so the designer can think through every aspect and detail to perfection) can only remain as that – dreams that designers think of. Interior designers need to be rational enough to not go overboard with their design under all circumstances. Blown budgets and angry clients are the last things a designer would want.
A client-designer relationship is a delicate one which requires careful handling. Setting priorities and expectations straight from the beginning is often the key to a blissful outcome.
Tags: interior design, interior designer