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Design to value
Hindustan Times
New Delhi, January 22, 2013
First Published: 17:58 IST(22/1/2013)
Last Updated: 18:34 IST(22/1/2013)
Value-addition service: Interior designers ensure that the client’s vision is turned into a tangible space, which is well planned and appealing to a wide audience

The lowdown

Interior design could involve work on various projects to transform your working or living space and make it comfortable for use and aesthetically appealing. Working closely with clients and architects, an interior designer combines technical knowledge with artistry to execute his or her projects. From concept to completion, an interior designer has to be involved in all stages of the project. There is an unprecedented opportunity for growth in this industry. One only has to look at the new constructions — mixed-use residential developments, boutique homes, malls, hotels etc — coming up across the country. Nowadays, real estate developers hire specialised interior consultants to add value to their property through well designed and theme-based interiors, which are engineered towards their client’s lifestyle.

Clockwork
While some days are spent in the office preparing presentations and designing, other days may be spent at the construction site, answering contractors’ queries or dealing with any design-related issues
9am: Check mails. Work on design concepts or pick materials
11am: Visit the site/factory/ showrooms
2pm: Meet with clients
5pm: Prepare design presentations

The payoff
Depending on the employer and one’s experience, the average starting pay of an interior designer is between Rs. 30,000 to Rs. 40,000 per month and senior designers make over Rs. 50 lakhs a year

Skills/TRAITS
* Knowledge of certain design softwares like AutoCAD, 3DMax or Sketch up is a prerequisite
* Ability to handle both aesthetic and technical aspects of designing spaces
* Strong knowledge of materials

Getting there
Over the years this field has become more specialised and employers give more importance to academic and professional background. Studying engineering or architecture before specialising in interior design can be helpful. Many design schools offer interior designing courses and some offer masters in fine arts with a specialisation in interior design

Institutes and URLs
* Institute of Indian Interior Designers, New Delhi     www.iiiddelhi.org
* National Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi www.nift.ac.in/delhi/index.html
* International Institute of Fashion Technology, New Delhi www.iiftindia.net
* Parsons The New School for Design, New York www.newschool.edu/parsons
* Domus Academy, Milan www.domusacademy.com/site/home.html

Pros and cons
* Highly rewarding
* Delays in construction have an impact on projects

With new constructions taking place, there is enormous demand for qualified interior designers in India -- Tanya Gyani, country manager (India) of Hong Kong-based Indigo Living


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