Interview with Ivan Liu: Revealing Design Excellence

Explore the world of design with Ivan, a visionary design director from Orange Interiors known for his creative ingenuity and commitment to excellence.

What inspired you to become an interior designer/architect, and what continues to inspire you in your work today?

My journey into interior design stems from a deep-seated desire to transform spaces into captivating environments that evoke emotions and enhance functionality. Today, I remain driven by the opportunity to engage in creative problem-solving. Each project presents a unique puzzle to solve, and I find immense satisfaction in crafting innovative solutions. This constant intellectual stimulation fuels my passion and keeps my work dynamic and fulfilling.

How do you approach the design process, from ideation to execution, and what steps do you take to ensure your designs meet the unique needs of each client?

My design process always commences with an extensive exploration of my client's requirements, preferences, and lifestyle. Through in-depth discussions, I strive to unearth their vision and aspirations for the space. Collaborative brainstorming sessions are integral, allowing us to delve into various concepts, themes, and design elements. This ensures that each client's individuality is seamlessly woven into the fabric of the design.

What is your philosophy when it comes to designing interior spaces, and how do you balance aesthetic appeal with practical functionality?

Each design serves as a bespoke reflection of my client's personality and lifestyle. By immersing myself in understanding their needs, preferences, and aspirations, I aim to create spaces that resonate on a deeply personal level. I believe in crafting environments that not only captivate the eye with their aesthetic allure but also seamlessly integrate practical functionality to enhance the day-to-day living experience. This delicate balance between form and function is achieved through meticulous attention to detail and a commitment to ensuring that every aspect of the design serves a purpose in enriching the lives of those who inhabit the space.

How do you stay up to date with the latest design trends and techniques, and how do you incorporate these into your work while maintaining your own unique style?

Staying informed about the latest design trends and techniques is essential in ensuring that my work remains fresh and relevant. However, I firmly believe that true innovation lies in the ability to adapt and customise these trends to suit the unique characteristics of each project. By carefully integrating elements of contemporary design while staying true to my own aesthetic sensibilities, I strive to create spaces that are not only visually captivating but also deeply resonant with the personalities and lifestyles of my clients. This approach allows me to maintain a balance between staying current with industry developments and preserving the distinctiveness of my design style, resulting in truly bespoke and memorable spaces for my clients to enjoy.

How do you collaborate with other professionals, such as consultants or contractors, to ensure a seamless design and construction process? 

Early involvement of consultants and contractors in the project planning phase is paramount. By including them from the outset, we can collectively address potential issues, align on project goals, and establish a shared vision for the design and construction process. This collaborative approach fosters open communication, facilitates problem-solving, and ensures a seamless and efficient execution of the project from start to finish.

Does your work allow you to practice sustainability, and if so, how do you incorporate sustainability and eco-friendliness into your designs, and why is this important to you and/or your firm?

Sustainability is at the heart of my design ethos. I believe in creating spaces that not only inspire and delight but also leave a positive impact on the environment. To achieve this, I integrate sustainable practices into every aspect of my design process. This includes sourcing materials that are environmentally friendly and ethically produced, prioritising energy-efficient systems and appliances, and implementing innovative solutions that minimise waste and promote eco-conscious living.

How do you handle challenges that arise during the design process, such as unexpected setbacks or client requests that may conflict with your vision?

I believe in maintaining open communication and transparency, addressing unexpected setbacks with honesty and clear explanations to the client or project team. Collaboration is key in problem-solving; involving clients, consultants, and stakeholders ensures diverse perspectives contribute to finding creative solutions aligned with project goals. When facing conflicting client requests, I educate them on design principles, aiming for a middle ground that satisfies both parties. Maintaining a positive attitude is crucial; I remain optimistic and focused on finding solutions, inspiring confidence in clients and team members alike.

What advice would you give to aspiring interior designers/architects, and how can they develop their own unique style and approach to the field?

As an interior designer, we should first cultivate a deep understanding of our own design sensibilities and interests. Explore various styles, techniques, and historical influences to identify what resonates most with you personally. Embrace every opportunity to gain hands-on experience and learn from seasoned professionals in the industry. Remember that developing your own unique style takes time and dedication; be open to experimentation and don't be afraid to take risks. Additionally, stay informed about current design trends and technological advancements while remaining true to your own creative vision. Ultimately, it's the fusion of passion, experience, and individuality that will define your success in the field.

What do you hope to achieve in your career as an interior designer/architect, and what are some of the long-term goals you have for your work?

My aspirations as an interior designer are rooted in a desire to leave a lasting impact through my creative endeavours. In the long term, I aim to establish myself as a respected and influential figure in the industry, known for delivering exceptional designs that transcend trends and stand the test of time. I strive to create spaces that not only inspire and enrich the lives of those who inhabit them but also contribute positively to the built environment and the communities they serve. Ultimately, my goal is to leave a legacy of innovation, sustainability, and beauty that inspires future generations of designers.

Any inspiring words you have for other designers or homeowners?

To my fellow designers and homeowners, I encourage you to embrace the journey of design with passion, creativity, and resilience. Remember that every space has the potential to tell a unique story and evoke emotions. Stay true to your vision but remain open to new ideas and perspectives. Never underestimate the transformative power of design to enrich lives and shape experiences. Whether you're crafting your dream home or bringing a client's vision to life, approach each project with enthusiasm and dedication. Together, let's create spaces that inspire, uplift, and leave a lasting impression on all who encounter them.

In conclusion, Ivan's insights illuminate the transformative power of design, inspiring us all to craft spaces that blend beauty with purpose. Thank you for inspiring us and congratulations on becoming our DOTM! 

Posted on 13th May 2024

Written by Kelly Ong

SIXiDES Editorial Team


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