Name: Shoba Kumar
Course: Diploma HE Applied Interior Design
Q: What was your background before KLC?
A: I was an Office Manager and Assistant for a tech company based in Kings Cross before then I had been working in Media sales.
Q: Why did you decide to study Interior Design?
A: I think that interior design is more than just making somewhere aesthetically pleasing, for me it is about creating a mood and developing the way a person experiences a place. I love the feeling that comes with creating a place that will make people feel something they will remember.
Q: Tell us about your experience of the course?
A: The course has been very intense. I’ve learned a lot about myself and my way of working. My classmates have been amazing and even though we were studying through a pandemic we have grown to be really close and always found ways to support each other.
Q: What are your design interests/strengths?
A: I really enjoy using software to communicate my designs. I am quite quick at picking up new software and enjoy exploring with it. In terms of what I enjoy designing I would say that my real passion lies in making spaces that make people feel comfortable and relaxed.
Q: What space inspires you?
A: The British Museum or the V&A. I love the grandeur and the mix of traditional and modern. They’re two places I love to go to alone to just sit and absorb it all.
Q: Who is your favourite designer?
A: I wouldn’t say I have a particular favourite designer. I am drawn to different styles dependant on my mood and current inspirations.
Q: Where to from here?
A: I hope to continue to grow my knowledge and experience. I will be looking for internships and to experience both residential and commercial design environments.
Q. What did you think of the course?
A: Since starting this course, I have come a long way in broadening my knowledge of interior design both conceptually and practically. The course has changed the way I view things from a design perspective and has allowed me to learn new software skills such as CAD, as well as advancing my existing creative adobe skills.
Q. Where to from here?
A: I am looking to work as a junior designer for an interior design studio to gain further practical experience. I am particularly interested in design that considers well-being, nature and sustainability, and am eager to broaden my knowledge in this area.
STUDY TIP - Perfection is the enemy of progress. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes sometimes it’s the best way to learn. Learn how to prioritise and make sure that you stay as organised as possible, things move really quickly on the course and you’ll be grateful you took the time to have things in order. Finally, your classmates will be your lifeline when things get tough, make sure you take care of each other. Shoba Kumar