Look around you. The room that you are in right now when you pick up this reading material has been designed in a certain way, the furniture and lighting calculatively placed, as was the ventilation, flooring, and wall, if you are located indoors right now. These arrangements take a great deal of thought and could be professionally done by an interior designer whose job is to plan the decoration inside a building such as a house or office. Interior design is today an essential part to every day modern living as there is a high demand of living with style because of our lifestyle has improved with better economical opportunities mushrooming around us.
Planning a space within a building requires more than a great deal of thought. It dictates the need of experience as well as many other characteristics to know how to fill a functional living space aesthetically. Some of the examples a great interior designer will have to take into consideration are factors like how much lighting a room has and needs according to its function, the exterior weather or climate of the area, the emotions or sentimentality one wants to evoke from a particular room, the upcoming trends in interior design and much more.
Speaking of trends, when we bid goodbye to navy and midnight blues which were popular in 2016, we will be welcoming dark shades of green as they bring in the natural outdoor colours while adding depth to any living spaces. We are also bidding goodbye to pastel shades of pink and blue and welcoming jewel tones which are inspired by metals, space, stars and clouds which create lightness, optimism and a soft romantic element to the overall design.
Interior Design conceptualisation projects by The One Academy students.
Knowing the trends however, is just one aspect of interior design. At The One Academy, led by Malaysian celebrity interior designer and TV host of several interior design shows, Dr. Eric Leong, students are taught on how to source for inspiration, maneuver 2D and 3D software applications, learn theoretical interior and architectural elements, make colour decisions and many more.
Offering an interior design diploma and an international degree in architecture and interior design which is conceptualised by the University of Hertfordshire (UK), students will develop a proficiency in a wide range of designs and how to observe, analyse, represent and communicate the qualities of existing spaces while exploring how other designers improve such spaces. Many industry experts such as Karim Rashid, one of the most creative designers whom is now New York-based Industrial Designer and Interior Architect, Chris Bosse, an award-winning architect who was key designer of the Watercube for Beijing Olympics, Joe Chan, founder and creative director award-winning local interior design firm DESIGNTONE and Dr. Azimin, award-winning interior designer, shared their industry experience and their perspective of the interior design field. This is in line with The One Academy’s 25-year-old Masters Train Masters coaching philosophy where industry experts impart practical industry knowledge to students.
Dr Eric Leong, Head of The One Academy's School of Interior Design in a discussion with students during an interactive session.