The One Academy has recently launched its ID Week 2018 and to commemorate the special event, two industry experts were invited to share on some of the themes and workings of the interior design industry. The guests were Desmond Ho of Terra Gardens and Pua Chin Eng from Landart Designs. Both these men have many years of experience in the field of interior design and landscape architecture.
The theme for ID Week this time was ID Inside Out and it focused on emphasising the relationship between interior design and landscape. Nowadays, more and more installations of greenery is seen indoors through vertical gardens, green roofs and more. Although still relatively new, these works of interior design is bringing us one step closer to bridging the gap between the outdoors and indoors.
Desmond Ho from Terra Garden is the creator of the famous Neo Nusantara, a Malaysian garden concept created with the addition of Malaysian culture in the design and motifs in the elements within it. Hailing from Malacca, he draws inspiration for his work from his childhood memories of growing up in the midst of nature and all its beauty. He emphasizes the full use of nature and the five senses in both interior and landscape design. He states that “if you can stimulate the five senses at the same place and at the same time, that is guaranteed pleasure”.
Pua Chin Eng is the managing director of Landart Design, an international award-winning landscape architecture firm based in Penang and Kuala Lumpur. Eng spoke about the importance of borrowing the view of the landscape from outside of the building to complete the interior design. He also stated about the significance of replenishing the greenery that was taken down during the building process. “Interior and landscape cannot be separated, it should be one entity”. He also mentioned that as a designer, it is important to extend the drawing line beyond the building. “When you draw your design outside your boundary, you will feel more free flow” he quipped.
Some advice the duo gave the students was to know your craft like the back of your hand. Caring and maintenance for plants, especially indoors, is not easy and this is what puts off most people from bringing greenery into their living spaces. However, “a good interior designer who has adequate knowledge will be able to shift the client’s negative paradigm to positive by highlighting the many benefits that come with it” said Desmond Ho. One is only able to convince others if they possess adequate knowledge on the subject.
“Consumers nowadays do not only want aesthetics, they also want to know the health benefits, the feng shui that come with it” said Eng when asked about meeting client’s needs. Both agreed that the world of interior design and landscape architecture is bright and in order to excel in it, the designers must adapt to the era that they live in. As times change, functionality and design changes, but regardless designers should be confident in what they do and work with passion, be it in interior, exterior or blurring the lines between both.