Lucy Galloway, senior designer of Bright 3D takes time out of her busy schedule this month, and talks to us about her life as an interior designer in today's ever evolving creative industry.
Q. What made you go into design?
I’ve always had a strong interest in urban design and in particular the relationship between people and architecture. Interior design seemed to be a great hybrid - enabling me to create spaces and environments for people to engage. Having attended The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) to study BA Hons Interior Design, I've always felt extremely lucky to be able to design ‘spaces’ for a living.
Q. What’s the most important element you look for when stepping into a corporate space?
A sense of identity – and not in a repetitive ‘logo’ sense. You should be able to understand what a business represents as you cross the threshold through the welcome, people and design. A cohesive palette of interior finishes with touches of bespoke graphics to communicate what they offer, and tone of voice is key to set the scene and expectations.
Q. What’s the most common design mistake you see in spaces?
It has to be poorly designed glass manifestations, or the bog standard double row of dots! Bespoke graphic vinyls are so simple to create and super effective.
Q. For you, what’s the most vital aspect to consider when designing a space?
Careful zoning of spaces to get the best use of the overall site. Open plan is great and promotes collaboration, but a mix of informal, formal and break-out areas are better and more effective for all users and customers alike.
Q. What would you say most of your customers are looking for when they come to you?
A unique environment to tell their story and showcase what they represent as a company, individual or institution. A branded environment that reflects personality and provides clients with a space to do the best function possible.
Q. Are there any particular trends you are incorporating into your latest projects?
Projection mapping and use of clever Audio Visual (AV) generally is coming into more and more commercial, corporate and leisure centre projects.
Q. What’s the first question you ask a client before undertaking a design project?
What do you want your new space, environment, office or interior to do for you? It has to work for you and the users! What do you want to feel when you walk into your new space? Where have you been recently that inspired you?
Q. What has been your favourite design project with Bright 3D to date?
I would have to say the University of Strathclyde, Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) in Glasgow, where we undertook the AV and interior design strategy for the public and collaborative spaces. This building is a state of the art pioneering centre providing a platform for academics and industry to collaborate on new ideas and test new inventions within the fields of engineering, manufacturing, health and future cities.
Q. How does flooring affect the way a room or space is defined?
It has a huge impact when looking at any project, small or large, and we look to zoning areas to make the most of large commercial spaces. The best and most effective way to do this is by introducing a change in floor finish. For example, combining a wood or stone effect Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT) design.
Q. What research do you do before selecting a floor for a specific space?
Increasingly, we’re getting involved at the very early stages of the build projects, which is great as we get to liaise with the architects and building contractors. Therefore, we need to be speaking to flooring suppliers and the technical team to get all specifications to comply with building standards early on. Slip resistance and wear layer are the most common questions we get from specifiers and end users.
Q. How would you describe Karndean Designflooring to friends or colleagues in your field?
A contemporary and quality product suitable for all residential and commercial environments. We like it so much we used it to create a bespoke wall cladding within our office interior board room.
A big thank you to Lucy for taking time out to talk to us about life at Bright 3D and her personal experience in the industry. For more information, visit Bright 3D’s website.