My employer Inspace Complete started life just five months ago and now employs seven people. It’s establishing itself as the design arm of Wilmott Dixon’s fit-out business, which is called Inspace Interiors. Inspace Complete offers a complete turnkey interior design service to smaller clients for whom it wouldn’t be cost-effective to go for a consultant-led approach.
My particular job involves all sorts of activities. I take client briefs, create space analysis reports and then use CAD to space plan and come up with layouts. I also produce the plans, visuals, design schemes, boards for presentation and upon winning a job I compile the working drawings. These include power, details and logistics.
What do you think are the advantages of working for a small company?
It’s very fast-moving so the days go quickly and I’m never bored. I also get to do a greater variety of jobs than I’d be able to do in a large company. I get involved in laminating, and pricing design schemes, which I probably wouldn’t get a chance to do elsewhere. As we’re a small team, everyone also gets a say in how the business develops – we all designed the company’s brochure and its logo. All this is great experience, and it’s just as well I have a lot on my plate – I’m a lively character.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
The variety. I find the design work actually comes quite naturally to me.
It’s very fast-moving so I’m never bored. It’s just as well I’ve got a lot on my plate – I’m a lively character
Does anything get you stressed out?
The amount of responsibility that goes along with my job can be very stressful. I face all sorts of demands every day, so I need to be very focused. But I find everything enjoyable as well, so it’s not too bad. I’m still able to switch off when I get home
What are your plans for the future?
I’d like to rise to design associate, and then design director with Inpace Complete. After that, I suppose I’d go global. I’m not sure! But whatever I do, I want to enjoy it.
Senior interior designer with Inspace Complete
Graduated in 1996; worked for a variety of space-planning consultants
BA in interior design and architecture