Commercial interior design offers a fusion of creativity, functionality, and vision, alerting empty spaces into vibrant and purposeful environments. These interior design schemes often elevate the user experience and align with brand identities. With a keen understanding of the client's vision, designers often traverse the balance of space optimisation, ergonomic considerations, and visual appeal. The process is a captivating balance between imagination and execution, where each step contributes to creating a space that meets and exceeds the expectations of its occupants and visitors. Every element, from carefully chosen materials to thoughtfully curated furniture, contributes to creating dynamic, purpose-driven spaces. In this article, Ar. Kavita Batra, Founder and Principal Architect at Uniifyy unveils the layers of design- from the concept's inception to the realisation of a captivating and functional reality.
Nurturing Ideas and Decoding the Essence
Designing commercial spaces begins with an understanding of the client’s visions, goals, and brand identity. We try to comprehend the functional requirements, aesthetic preferences, and unique identity the space should embody and explore their brand story, values, and aspirations. This phase lays the foundation for the entire project, shaping the contours of the design journey. Further, it is also necessary to understand the target audience and the functional requirements of the space, ensuring that it caters to the practical needs of those who will inhabit it.
Conceptualisation, Design Development, and Crafting the Palette
Armed with insights, in this phase the ideas take shape, translating visions into tangible concepts. Sketches, mood boards, and 3D renderings breathe life into abstract notions, providing clients with a visual representation of the proposed design. The design development stage refines these concepts, incorporating client feedback and ensuring alignment with the project's objectives. Further, crafting the palette with materials influences the functionality and aesthetics of the space. These colours, textures, and finishes help craft the desired ambience while meeting the project's practical requirements. For instance, our upcoming project ‘Utmost Luxury’ resonates with the famous artist Picasso’s theme, exploring scale and drawing inspiration from a monochromatic-themed painting, the project pays homage to its dedication to artistic expression and visionary design.
Curating the Experience and Illuminating Atmospheres
Furniture and fixtures are the silent protagonists in the story of a commercial interior. Designers curate an ensemble that complements the aesthetic and enhances the functionality of the space. Ergonomics, comfort, and durability are paramount considerations. Whether it is the bespoke pieces or curated collections, each selection is made with precision, aligning with the design concept and contributing to the seamless flow of the space. Further, appropriate lighting illuminates the atmosphere and adds depth to the space. In one of our projects, One Friday, a retail store, that redefines sustainability with style, we carefully planned the placement, intensity, and colour temperature of lights to create the desired ambience. Whether accentuating focal points, enhancing mood, or optimising task lighting, lighting contributes to the overall sensory experience.
Precision in Detail and Project Management
In this phase, detailed drawings and specifications are crafted, encompassing floor plans, elevations, and construction details. This documentation serves as the blueprint for construction and implementation, ensuring precision and accuracy in every element. With the groundwork laid, project management commands attention. Budgets, timelines, and quality control become focal points, requiring coordination with contractors, suppliers, and craftsmen. Continuous communication ensures that the project stays on track, with designers overseeing the implementation to guarantee that the outcome aligns with the envisioned design.
In essence, the commercial interior design process is a journey of transformation, where spaces evolve into vibrant landscapes, embodying the vision and expertise of the designers who arrange this journey from concept to reality!
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