Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be an interior designer? We delve into the daily life of our interior designer, Andy Briggs, as he shares his inspirations and passion for the world of interiors…
What does your typical day at work look like?
“Every day is different in my job, expect for the morning cup of coffee! A typical day for me is more than the obvious sketching up floorplans and suggesting fabrics. On a day-to-day basis, I work closely with the design team, creating mood boards and concepts, producing computer-aided drawings (CAD) and ensuring that the graphics for the Optiplan brochures and exhibition collateral are at their best.”
Describe your ideal day at work…
“My favourite task is working on the redesign of one of the Optiplan showrooms. I love the challenge of creating a space that has the wow-factor for customers, but also demonstrates a practical retail environment. There is a lot of planning but I love picking our fabrics and finishes to produce a well-rounded space that represents our brand in the best way.”
What inspired you to be an interior designer?
“At the beginning of my career, I was a creative designer working on sets for photography shoots and TV, and a large part of this was creating beautiful interiors. The more I worked on the interior design aspect, the more I left feeling inspired and my passion grew from there. I decided to take an interior design course so that I could truly understand the entire process and be able to apply that thinking when creating a stunning interior, whether that be in the home, office or retail environment.
“I developed a real passion for embracing space. I am fascinated by how people live and I love being able to suggest ways to improve it. I like to look at the bigger picture and think beyond just working on one room in a house. It’s about creating a harmony and making a house work as a unit.”
What is the most interesting project you have worked on?
“I loved working on a recent and exciting Optiplan project where I was tasked with designing a ‘master-showroom’. Essentially, this showroom would be larger than all of our current showrooms, and would exhibit our full collection of Optiplan Kitchens. We wanted to display our kitchens as if they were positioned in the home, so that customers could imagine it being lived in. But we also wanted the space to portray our sets and room designs in a way that professionally represented our brand. To strike the right balance, I worked on a number of creative mood boards to produce the plans. I love projects such as these where I can really utilise innovative and artistic skills.”
Where do you seek inspiration from?
“I love this industry and what keeps me motivated is the broad spectrum of possibilities that are showcased at the European design shows. I’ll soon be visiting Milan which is always a phenomenal show and we come away loaded with inspiration.
“On a more regular basis, I often seek inspiration from different retail stores and independent interior shops in London or even the home interior exhibitions such as the KBB Show. I think it’s important to take a step back from your regular environment. But even when I’m at my desk, I constantly scroll through Pinterest as I love to see how designers, and homeowners, have taken a trend and interpreted it in a different way to create something truly unique.”