Designing for commercial and residential is so different even when the mediums are still the same, whether it’s fabrics, case goods, and so on. I presented a lobby design yesterday for a potential commercial Manhattan project. To this day, I am still surprised to see how different it is. The concerns are more about functionality instead of aesthetics. The decision making is quick and nonemotional. It’s not about egos or insecurities; it’s about the bottom line and how soon the project can get done. Don’t get me wrong, it’s wonderful to work on residential jobs. Residential jobs allow me to introduce clients to a new place of freedom regardless of budget. The sense of accomplishment is changing the way people live their lives through design environments. What’s your experience from commercial compared to residential?
What’s better then sex? Well, for me it’s having a presentation where the client loves 95% of what you presented. Yes, I know, super sex is when they like 100% of everything. But there’s something about working hard, being hopeful that the clients are going to agree with your designs, and then having them come in and be excited over your creations. But in the world of design, it rarely works out that way. But today it did! Working hard and designing beautiful spaces always gives my team a great sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that hard work is appreciated.
“Less is more” VW
The word transparency in our industry is one that is sometimes a little hazy. Whether it is the transparency of showing the client about how you run the business or what your work process is. For me, one of the most important things is being open with other designers about how their business is doing, how much they charge, how they present, and how they deal with problems. I think the more honest we are with our fellow designers and with our clients, the more successful our industry will be.
How do you choose to deal with transparency?