July 09, 2010

How did I start in Interior Design?

Kia Designs Ltd is an interior design company that creates luxury residential interiors in London. We are proud to create beautiful residential interiors for our clients taking the stress out of property renovation. Kia Designs is quickly becoming recognised as one of the top interior designers in London by offering an interior design service that caters to its clients needs. We have been in business since 1st January 2009, set up by our head interior designer Kia Sunda. "When I started this business I wanted it to be extremely streamlined: many new businesses flounder as they incur unnecessary costs and set targets which are simply unattainable"

I worked in a lovely small shop in Islington whilst I was at University and upon completing my degree (in History) the owner offered me the position of Interior Design Manager. I did Interior Design on behalf of the shop for a year and a half and learnt the trade in an extremely hands on manner. It is my opinion that pursuing a qualification in Interior Design is much like being taught to drive in a classroom: Interior Design is eminently practical and is based upon working with clients. Many young budding interior designers that I have offered work experience to have amazing ideas but are almost shocked when the learn that much of Interior Design is to do with the relationship that one has with the client and learning to make a room look fantastic on what can be a relatively small budget.

It was in December 2008 that I decided that I needed a fresh challenge and, above all, complete autonomy in my work. As a result I resigned my position, despite my husband’s sly comment that suggested that it perhaps wasn’t wise to resign a managerial job during a recession, and started my own company.

I am based in Highbury but I cover all of London and often beyond - we are currently looking to undertake international projects! I actually work from home which is advantageous for myself as well as my clients: working from home enables me to lessen my overheads and therefore offer my clients the best possible rates for my services.

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