Jazzing up interiors
You have a grand dinner tonight and the house needs to look 'perfect'. The kitchen door welcomes you with a blow because it's too low, the water spills over your clothes while washing the dishes as the sink is too high and the fire from the stove is too warm since the exhaust fan is on the wrong side. What you need is an interior designer, one who'd make your dull white walls look pretty with a few prints here and your lounge more comfortable by placing the right things in the right places. Nishat Afrose, an architect, interior designer and director and founder of Sky High Institution has more to tell us.
RS: What does it take to be an interior designing?
N.A: Interior designing is interesting and effort-demanding. Anyone who enters the path has to be sincere.
RS: What are the academic qualifications required for studying interior designing?
N.A: Universities accept 10+2. They have their own criteria, so it's better to get the information regarding admission from the universities. Nowadays you have a number of private institutions teaching interior designing. A diploma course, which these private institutions provide, is a shortened version of the university degree. So, few things are different. But, at the end you see quite a number of successful interior designers who just has a diploma. The private institutions don't demand much of the students; anybody who wishes to join can do so. However, in some cases they do set criteria to maintain a limited number of students.
RS: Is there any particular subject that has to be studied before joining interior designing?
N.A: Mathematics plays a big role and every institution - whether private or university - asks for that. Science subjects also come in use. Different institutions have different sets of preferred subjects. As far as my ideas are concerned, I'll say anybody can do it if they want to
RS: Once somebody is a fashion designer, how much work is in store for him or her?
N.A: Mark my words when I say that there are countless numbers of works to be done and more cropping up each day. But that doesn't come in a boom as soon as you become an interior designer. You've got to wait, go for an internship (in case of a diploma), and with patience and hard work make your way up.
RS: How exactly is that done?
N.A: In the same way as any other designing. You've got to maintain personal contacts with potential customers and advertise yourself in any way possible. Above all, whenever you do a job, you must do it in the best way possible because that work becomes your reference. The charisma of your work is spread by word of mouth of your customers. As soon as that's done, more people flock in to get things done by you.
RS: All that goes for self-business. What other paths are open to an interior designer?
N.A: Ah, wide ranges of options are available to an interior designer! One can get a job; become a graphic designer or a field designer, at times some prefer to become a teacher. Nowadays, bigger furniture companies like Hatil are hiring interior designers to design furniture for them. The working field for an interior designer is simply wide and it's expanding each day. But as I said nothing happens in a zippy you've got to wait and gather experience and slowly work your way up.
RS: Some laugh at the idea of studying interior designing, while some complain it's expensive. What have you got to say about that?
N.A: If I care about what other people think, then I'll never get to see the face of success and happiness. I became an architect because I wanted to be and I am carrying on with it because I love doing it. There should be no other reason than these to study something. Besides, everything is expensive but yes, some are made 'extra-expensive'. As for studying interior designing, I don't ask my students to use expensive draft pens and model papers, which reduce the expense. After all, at the end every designer designs on the computer screen. Such measures could be taken to reduce the expense but besides that the other expenses are reasonable. If you want to study something that's unique, it's sure to cost you more, isn't it?
RS: So, in the end, it's all worth it?
N.A You know what? Sometimes hardwork and expense is worth the effort and this is one of those fields where you'll not regret later on. But before you start, ask yourself honestly if you are really up for it. It's not easy, but it's great!
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