When I switched from commercial pool design to interiors, I assumed I would end up working on commercial interior projects. I never imagined how satisfying it would be to work on residential projects. Sometimes it can be assumed that a designer is going to design your house to their style. Residential design is more of a collaborative effort between the client's preferences, their existing items, the architecural space and the designer's knowledge of spatial planning, materials and products.
Design work started on this nursery two years ago. It started off as an office with the vision of being converted into a nursery in the future. The window had an awkward high ledge, with an access hatch in the wall below. A bench seat with storage below was devised to make use of the awkward space, hiding the access panel, but also allowing access in case of emergency. Original plans included the unit to be constructed from black form ply, with a curved seatback moulded from the ply. The client constructed the bench seat/storage unit himself, simplifying the design by removing the curved formwork seating. The black formply was replaced with regular plywood, which was then stained, as black was going to be too dark for a space that was already light-challenged!
Custom bench cushions were then added, fabric chosen to tie in the bold colours that already existed in the home: a red Smeg fridge, an orange Fat Boy bean bag, and a green Herman Miller chair. Denim underside and piping was added to give the bold colours a bit of relief. Also, the cushions can be flipped to change the style of the room.
With a plan in place via a moodboard and spec sheet, the client was able to purchase items for the space. Some products were from the specs, while other products were purchased based on client's own shopping experience. Because a plan had been made in the beginning, they were able to use it as a guide.
The nusery design is almost completed, just a few more things to add. We will do a proper photo shoot this spring when the room is flooded with light once again.