Commercial interior design at its most basic is the functional design and layout of a commercial premises in which the employees reside – such as an office, retail space or most workplaces. However, for our purposes, commercial interior design is the process and outcome of a project designed to increase the productivity of your business and the staff who work there.
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.01 What We Do
What is Commercial Interior Design?
Difference Between Residential and Commercial Design?
At risk of stating the obvious but residential interior design focuses on homes and apartments, whereas commercial interior design realizes workspaces for businesses, and can play a key role in setting the culture and ways of working within that business. The main areas we focus our commercial interior design efforts on are office design, hospitality design – including bar & restaurant design and hotel design, coworking spaces and student accommodation.
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What does a commercial interior designer actually do?
While the role of interior designers can sometimes be thought of as just decorative, it is anything but. On a commercial interior design project professional interior designers (like our team) regularly work on an array of complex areas to bring in a successful project – this can include working with other professionals such as architects and engineers as part of a project team, and requires detailed knowledge of:
- Policy, rules and regulations that can impact the project;
- Management of tradespeople and project timelines;
- Spatial planning and design – whether the space is for public or office use;
- Current and future design styles;
- Appropriate use of materials and construction;
- Health and Safety awareness;
- Procurement practices and value for money;
- Regulations and approvals;
- Technical requirement (AV, Lighting, Acoustics);
- Stakeholder engagement
Workplans can range from client-engagement on appropriate finishes and colour schemes – along with fabrics, furniture and fittings. On larger scale projects we consult on the full-scale redevelopment of multiple workspaces, up to and including; project management, overseeing the procurement of trades and materials – preparation of production information and preparing estimates, as well as seeking appropriate approvals and inspecting work on site.