Nancy Iraggi of nki|design
This Week’s Friday Finds features Nancy Iraggi, interior designer of nki|design, an interior|exterior Design firm out of Los Angeles and Dallas specializing in space planning, interior architecture and hardscape design through a thoughtful bespoke service.
What led you to start to become an interior designer?
Where to begin! So many roads all converged at once and threw me into my destiny. My father was a businessman who would redesign our home on the weekends, my mother right by his side, transforming flea market finds for the new areas . . . a family affair really.
My 12th summer was spent as an exchange student in Mexico City, this exotic eye-opening experience marked the precise moment I became visually aware. This was followed by, art school, visual display design (windows and retail store design) and surface design. My Interior Design career began with a foray into retail with a “green” eco-home furnishings boutique in Dallas’ Deep Ellum Arts District in the early nineties. It was called “Eco-Fluence Studios” and I like to think of it as the very first “Anthropologie.” We created a lifestyle brand that sold vintage textiles, toasters and furniture and were the first to carry aroma therapy diffusers and oils. We also led workshops on Saturday mornings in our studio for various decorative arts subjects such as flower pressing and mono-print making.
What is your favorite aspect of being an interior designer?
My favorite aspect is space planning to enhance interior design's function. I enjoy the palpable feeling of balance that comes from a well-planned space. I also appreciate the interview|discovery process between the client and myself. The reciprocal action that occurs as we discuss the design needs and lifestyle considerations and the mutual trust that is derived from that interaction.
What have you learned the most from your career in interior design?
That listening is the most important tool we have as designers and that most people have trouble editing their possessions because of an emotional attachment.
What tips and ideas do you have for other’s who would like to be interior designers?
Just do it! Start building a portfolio using spaces you have designed for yourself, friends or relatives.
If you haven’t designed any spaces yet, create designs for spaces. Practice and develop your skill set. Your hand renderings, CAD plans and elevations convey your vision to your clients and future employers.
Lastly, to be mindful of personal boundaries and respectful of others' personal tastes and cherished possessions. Kindness and understanding go a long way into easing a client into changes that may be difficult for them.
What are your favorite features of being an interior designer?
I really love the bones of the house. Improving upon and redesigning the interior architecture to visually enhance and improve the flow and balance of the space. Right along with that would be the material selection and fabrication. Last but certainly not least would be lighting.
What is at the heart of your career in interior design that you want your clients to take home?
I would have to say the value. So many people think that interior design is for the very wealthy and without merit--just about making something visually attractive. But its strengths lie in its capacity to be life changing, facilitating the day to day activities and enhancing the things they love about their life. Most importantly, the joy that is manifested from the changes in their environment.
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