LS: On your site, you have the beautiful quote, ‘Great design starts with a story’ - can you talk a bit about this and where the idea comes from?
MK: Many people think design is purely aesthetic, but I never believed that. Of course, it plays a significant role, but interior design goes further; it improves people’s lives. Each carefully considered element makes a part of someone’s life more seamless. Also, a beautifully designed space needs context, or it’s just a nicely designed room. Everything within that room has a story, and once you learn it, it becomes more meaningful.
At Design Stories, we work with craftsmen and women who are experts in their fields and have been in the industry longer than us. Their work tells a story, it’s not just a piece in a client’s house. Someone has made it in their workshop. They’ve carefully thought about the details and selected the materials. It’s been on a journey. When you don’t know how the items are made, there’s no meaning behind them, but when you pay attention to those details, everything becomes so much more significant.
That’s where Design Stories came from: the process, the make and the story of each piece, design and idea coming together.
LS: Can you talk about interior design and why it is so important in a space?
MK: It improves the way we live, yet a lot of people don’t realise the power of great design in homes. When you walk into a well-designed space, you have everything you need. Every last detail has been considered and thought about. The ergonomic design is specific to that house and those who will use it. A purposeful and intentional space like this makes us feel better, it lifts our mood. As a company, I feel strongly about achieving practicality and style in a project. Marrying beautiful design with being impactful, meaningful and improving our clients’ lives.
LS: How do you approach the design process?
MK: Initially, I talk to clients about what they want the space to feel rather than look like. We identify what the project needs to represent them fully, so they can move in and feel that their home is perfectly designed and meets their needs. Once we understand the essence of what they are trying to achieve, we look at space planning, overall style, colour and materials.
For me, the process is just as important as the end result. The finished design must look stunning, but the client must also enjoy the journey. I want them to feel listened to, understood and know we’re creating something unique for them. To feel a connection to their design and for the process to evoke positive emotions. I want their story with us to be meaningful and memorable.