September 21, 2017 | Natalie Barker
In a corporate setting, interior design is not just about choosing a great pattern for the accent wall, or making sure the sofa in the waiting area works with a company’s brand colors, corporate interior design involves many factors that designers from firms like Kardent Design say are indispensable. This quick blog post explores some behind the scene details of what it’s like to design amazing corporate spaces that function for everyone who uses them.
Corporate Interior Design Involves Multi-Party Collaboration
Whether working at an architecture firm, design house, or independently, corporate interior designers are at the core of every project.
In a corporate interior project, the designer has to have eyes on many different aspects of the space. The finished look is the responsibility of the interior designer, however, many factors go into creating that finished look, and the things you have to consider may not always be obvious. Designers have to coordinate with contractors, and vendors, and therefore understand building and fire codes. There is a lot to consider, with many vendors to work with and knowing the right ways to collaborate is essential.
“Designers and Architects bring knowledge and experience to a project by keeping up on current code requirements, pricing standards and workplace trends,” says Kate Smiley of Kardent Design. “With our experience we can help guide them to the best decisions always keeping in mind cost and thinking far ahead to consider future expansion.”
Good Designers Understand the Client’s Business Strategy
Interior designers must understand the client’s business strategy in order to effectively design a corporate space that functions to bring those business goals to life. While knowing the intricacies of HR policies, or accounting techniques are not necessary, knowing the types of business functionalities that need to be performed in the space really helps in obtaining project success.
Understanding the client’s business strategy means knowing the types of meetings, presentations, and collaborations that must happen on a regular basis. It means understanding the way work flows from one department or division to another. All of these movements impact the way the space needs to be configured, and how it needs to function.
Audiovisual Technology is a Big Part of Corporate Interior Design
When designing a corporate interior, architects and designers must consider audiovisual and communication technology, because connections, cables, mounts and power supplies must be configured to coalesce with the intended UC environment. There is nothing more detrimental to the success of a project than presenting a beautiful new space to a client, and then having to rip up carpet because power supplies in a presentation space were not considered prior to build. Knowing about audiovisual technologies and how to incorporate them can be difficult. That’s why finding a good audiovisual partner in the design-build phase is crucial.