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Ramona Bansal Portfolio
Q. What was your background before KLC?
A. I previously worked as a management consultant for seven years, developing problem-solving and project and client relationship management skills. Most recently, I ran a small hotel in the Maldives where I oversaw operations and re-designed the interiors, which sparked my passion for interior design.
Q. Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A. I wanted to pursue a career in a field that allowed more of my creative side to come out. At the same time, I also wanted to leverage my extensive project and client management experience. Interior design combines both of these attributes, which made it an ideal career choice for me.
Q. Tell us about your experience of the course?
A. Although intense, the course curriculum is well balanced, teaching a range of skills from professional practice to technical software knowledge. I really enjoyed the various projects and how they have formed my portfolio over the course of the year. This year, albeit challenging, has helped me grow as a designer and I feel proud of how far I have come.
Q. What are your design interests/strengths?
A. The initial research and conceptual design stages excite me most. I enjoy the process of developing a design concept and then finding unique ways of bringing it to life. I am also passionate about sustainability and wellbeing within interior design, and I aspire to make spaces that are tailored; make spaces harmonious within their natural surroundings, healthier for their inhabitants and less wasteful.
Q. What space inspires you?
A. Some spaces I love include Soneva Fushi resort in the Maldives, the dining room of the Gallery at Sketch and all of the Dishoom restaurants. But what truly inspire me are my travels, fashion, nature and art. When designing a space, I also draw inspiration from the architecture and local history of the site as well as its surrounding area.
Q. Who is your favourite designer?
A. I take inspiration from the variety and uniqueness of styles across a range of designers. Some of my favourite designers at the moment are Axel Vervoordt for his seamless incorporation of disparate ages and styles in his interiors, Kelly Wearstler for her use of the juxtaposition of raw and refined and contemporary and vintage, and Ilse Crawford for her focus on creating designs with the human experience at their centre.
Q. Where to from here?
A. My main area of interest is in designing commercial spaces, specifically within the hospitality and retail sectors. I look forward to working with experienced designers, alongside whom I can gain exposure to and learn about the full spectrum of activities that take place during live client projects.
STUDY TIP - Start early on projects: Design conceptualisation is an iterative process that takes time. Trying to rush or cram this will limit your creativity and ability to come up with unique ideas. Learn from your peers: Your class will include people with varying levels of design experience and different strengths. Sharing knowledge amongst each other and fostering a collaborative environment will benefit everyone while making the year more enjoyable. Buy a PC: You don’t have to let go of your MacBook but you will need a PC for Revit and Enscape, so buy one at the start of the course. Ramona Bansal