Interior Designer

Summary

Interior designers design and redevelop building interiors.

Duties & Tasks

Interior designers may perform the following tasks:

  • speak to clients and architects to determine clients' needs and intentions, and to ensure safety requirements are met
  • develop designs that are appropriate, functional and aesthetically pleasing
  • prepare working drawings and specifications for interior construction, materials, finishes, space planning, lighting, furnishings and equipment
  • estimate costs of materials, labour and time, and give estimates to clients for approval
  • organise supplies and prepare detailed instructions for tradespeople
  • inspect the work of suppliers and tradespeople, and maintain time, cost and quality controls
  • work with specialists in technical areas concerned with fire, hydraulics, and mechanical, electrical and structural design, ensuring industry regulations are met
  • prepare and administer tenders and contract documents
  • re-design the interiors of old buildings and design furnishings to be made by cabinetmakers, antique furniture restorers and other tradespeople
  • design exhibitions, commercial display stands or stage, film and television production sets.

Working Conditions

Interior design requires an understanding of building construction, lighting, colour and furniture.

Interior designers may work individually as consultants or with a design group. They visit clients in their homes and offices, and can often work long hours, including evenings and weekends. They usually work for clients on an agreed fee basis.

Personal Requirements

  • creative and artistic flair
  • good at problem-solving and lateral thinking
  • able to work independently or as part of a team
  • good communication skills
  • aptitude for technical drawing and illustration.

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