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Pav Gill Portfolio
Q. What was your background before KLC?
A: Prior to KLC, I worked in talent acquisition for 3 years and taught art at an international primary school in Thailand, however, before this I worked as a bespoke joinery designer and showroom manager, overseeing client projects from start to end.
Q. Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A: My interest in interiors began at the age of 10 when I met a textile designer for the very first time. From there my passion grew when I worked as a bespoke joinery designer. Though, at this stage I wasn’t aware about the design world outside of joinery design itself. It’s only when I left to go travel extensively for 5 years that I decided I wanted to pursue it as a career, and further my studies. I met a few people working in the industry which led me revisit the idea, but even more so, traveling over 15 countries, I found myself fascinated with how interiors change significantly in every new place I visited. When I came back to settle in London a year ago, I decided that this was the right path for me, and I haven’t looked back since.
Q. What did you think of the course?
A: I have learnt a tremendous amount since starting at KLC. I believe the course has taken my passion for design and given me the tools to start a successful career in the industry. It has pushed at every level in a positive way. I never knew there was so much involved with being an interior designer but the more I have learnt, the more I have fallen in love with it.
Q. What are your design interests/strengths?
A: I have a huge passion for rendering both by hand and digitally. I enjoy sketching portraits, so I understand the importance of light and shadow to bring a piece of art to life. Furthermore, I have always had a flair for making things look presentable, so I have particularly enjoyed learning InDesign. I am a fast learner and really enjoy a challenge especially in a field that I am so passionate about. The design industry is fast moving and forever evolving, and as such, it’s important to stay relevant by continually learning and educating myself. I am excited to start my career in design and get a more in depth understanding of the role and the industry.
Q. What space inspires you?
A: I’m captivated by the connection between design and our well-being. After delving into this topic in my first project, where my design concept was based on a Japanese saying – ‘Shinrin-Yoku’ (nature therapy), and learning ways in which you can bring the outside in, my interest in this topic has grown.
Furthermore, researching the subject for an essay I wrote on organic architecture, and exploring examples that demonstrate the connection between mental health and our surroundings, has taught me just how much I care for this.
I think any space that exemplifies a holistic style of interior design or organic architecture represents me very well.
Q. Where to next?
A: I plan on getting as much experience as I can diving into the design industry. I have already put this in motion as recently I have been lucky to gain work experience at Joanna Wood Trading and previously at Goddard Littlefair, which has given me a glimpse into the design world.
Moving forward I would absolutely love to join a company that too has a passion for the connection between interiors and our wellbeing. I am open to both residential and commercial and think it would be beneficial to get experience in both at some point. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at KLC and now I am even more excited to put it all into practice!
STUDY TIP - My one piece of advice would be to not hold back. Instead be as creative as you can, this is your time to explore and experiment with your originality. I found myself holding back when I first started but had to keep reminding myself that design is subjective, there is no right or wrong, and as long as you have a rationale for your decisions, you should get creative and be bold! Pav Gill