The success journey of the experienced Interior designer, Kalpana Sivasankar started with a graduation in English Literature from Madras University. Later she did a course in Interior Design. Kalpana learned the ropes as a design intern when she started her career as an apprentice Interior Designer where she learned the job by handling residential interiors, large scale offices, retail store designs and salon interiors. Kalpana’s mentor is Savita Idnani of Naksha Architects, Chennai.
Kalpana shares that the genre of design does not really matter for her. The possibilities in scale and detail in a site fire her imagination and gives wings to create unique form and function for that space. In her view, there is a world of difference between interior decoration and interior design. The former is very often misrepresented as the latter. Interior design is to the inside of a structure as what architecture is to the intrinsic whole. She believes that most structures if architecturally sound do not require any further interior embellishment. However, the major role of interior design is to lend functionality to a structure while retaining or enhancing its aesthetics.
From her vast experience, a client should be conscious about the purpose. The function of the interior spaces should be met with optimum efficiency and the aesthetic aspect of design should be fulfilled side by side. She is very particular that neither form nor the function should be compromised and client should have a clear brief in mind before soliciting professional advice.
Kalpana is open to working with people from diversified backgrounds and age groups with different sets of expectations. She enjoys working with the young, well traveled and aesthetically conscious clients, who think global and set the bar high. It’s stimulating, challenging and fun at the same time for her as a designer to meet the expectations of such aware clients.
Kalpana’s USP is her willingness to experiment with design. She enjoys dabbling with different design styles and genres, be it contemporary, traditional, eclectic or kitschy in accordance to the client brief, site prospects and scope for application.
Design and architecture are dependent on a largely unorganized sector of both service providers and vendors for whom professionalism is still an alien word. However, with the rising consciousness and pressures of time and money, all this will hopefully continue to change for the better. Kalpana says that a medium sized interior residential project from design board through execution can be completed in three months of time if it is managed properly. There is a limitation in the number of projects that she can take any time as she enjoys doing projects with complete attention and too many projects at any point in time may dilute her care, attention to detail or diminish her enjoyment of the design process which is very dear to her.
In her view, the Internet is merely a platform to showcase and monitor design trends and track developments in products as well. The Internet is majorly a good thing. She is very clear in hand holding the clients at every stage and educate them with her vast experience. She shares that it is essential to properly translate into reality what she envisages on the design board. Three essential things in the project are communicating the designs sentiments clearly to both client and contractor, Cost monitoring at every step of the way and Consistent site monitoring & interaction.