Shilpa Mohan is the Senior Interior Designer at DDC Architecture + Interior Design where she designs residential, commercial, public and hospitality spaces from design concepts to implementation. She is also soon to be Design Director at Mallee Co, an Australian furniture and homewares start-up that will be launching soon. Shilpa was the only female Rising Star Finalist in the Australian Timber Design Awards 2018 amongst other interior designers and architects. Her passion for design means she lives and breathes design during every waking hour of her life, and cares deeply about each and every project she works on as if she were going to be living in the space.
What is your design superpower?
I am formally educated in interior design, real estate and science and have on the job training in architecture and drafting. I combine all of these facets to know how to design to increase the value of a home in relation to the property market, what aspects of design will make a space ‘healthy’ for the people inhabiting it, how to get it approved at council and how to make sure the inside is cohesive with the outside!
How do you think interior design adds value to a project?
A designer can visualize a space from sheer emptiness and can help you visualize it by creating mood boards and 3D renders. It has saved clients thousands of dollars because mistakes are always cheaper on paper. We also deal with builders, trades, architects, suppliers and consultants day in and day out, so we know how they operate and can use that to get the best out of a project. There are no hidden agendas when it comes to an interior designer; the end goal is always to get the best possible outcome for a client.
What is your favourite part of the design process?
I absolutely love all meetings with clients. I love getting to know them and seeing the looks on their faces when they see a project completed. I also relish in problem solving, I come from the mindset of thinking, there is no problem you cannot solve as long as you have a positive attitude about it and do not stress or be frantic.
What design myth would you like to bust?
That an interior designer just fluffs pillows and buys rugs. We do both of those things, yes, but that maybe makes up 1% of our time. We actually design the whole of the inside of spaces from kitchens and wet areas, to deciding where walls and staircases go. We also select all finishes, fixtures, fittings, colours for both inside and outside and we can also even design outdoor areas as well.
What do you consider before starting a design project?
I consider the clients wants and needs, the budget of the project, the actual building itself and the surrounding environment. Trends don’t matter too much me as trends come and go, whereas timeless design can be applicable for years to come.