We’re really pleased to announce Katrina Miranda as our National Interior Design Lead. Katrina is an award-winning interior designer with more than 10 years’ experience throughout Australia and South East Asia. She has a long history of creating beautiful retail and commercial places, workplaces, government institutions and resorts and leisure spaces.
As ThomsonAdsett’s National Interior Design Lead, Katrina will oversee a range of interiors projects, across all of our sectors.
Here, Katrina shares the changes she’s seen in interiors over her career and the numerous benefits of engaging an interiors team on your project.
What’s your background and experience?
I originally started out in journalism and advertising, however, interior design eventually got the better of me. I started my career in interiors eleven years ago in Canberra, working largely on government, education and workplace projects. The lure of hospitality and retail projects led me into a Design Manager role with a D&C company, where I received significant exposure to the construction and estimating side of things and the fast-paced nature of hospitality and retail. Since then, I’ve moved back into the design and architecture studio environment working across most sectors – workplace, retail and hospitality, education, hotels, leisure and seniors living.
I’ve come to love and appreciate all sectors. Creating unique experiences in interior environments where individuals can thrive and form meaningful connections with others, is what gets me out of bed every morning (and sometimes, keeps me up at night!).
What do you envision for your new role?
The vision for interiors at ThomsonAdsett is monumental as it’s such a significant opportunity that has been a while in the making. We have a great team set up and we’re brainstorming new and innovative ways we can drive better processes and outcomes in all aspects of what we do. The year will definitely be one of growth for interiors – this applies to our team, projects, services and deliverables.
What are the changes you’re seeing in the interiors sector?
The biggest change I’ve seen is a blurring of sectors and a stronger push for greater duty of care in interior environments.
The blurring of sectors is a result of changes in our social fabric and lifestyle. People are more time poor and technology is enabling us to be more connected, flexible and mobile. There’s also a growing demand for lifestyle balance and as a result, a greater emphasis on health and wellness. Well designed, evidence-based interiors are becoming the normal expectation and no longer the exception. What we’re starting to see are ‘community hubs’ where multiple functions occur in one spot. For example, retail centres are no longer made up of an anchor tenant and speciality stores. They’re now a mix of community open spaces, leisure and wellness facilities, education and event-function zones with workplace mixed in. This combination responds to our need for convenience and spaces that align with our changes in lifestyle.
The duty of care factor is pushing interiors to work harder in a positive way. Interior environments influence our health, how we behave and how we interact with each other in a phenomenal way. It’s not just about finishes and furniture selections. It is about how research, data, science and creativity all come together to create an outcome that positively influences individuals and creates meaningful connections between people.
What are some of the benefits of good interior design?
The best designs have an impact on multiple levels – on a person, on a community, on a business, on an industry, on a global platform. For example, designing interiors with greater connectivity to nature and the outside world (biophilic design), assists in alleviating stress and keeping our natural circadian rhythm in check. Designing workplace environments with incidental collaboration zones can foster a stronger sense of team and belonging in an organisation. All of which, research shows, can increase productivity, innovation and improve staff retention for a business. On a broader, design-industry scale, designs that not only provide creative solutions but deliver on a commercial, social and wellbeing basis are raising the benchmark of interiors and the expectations of users. This means that interiors will be challenged (in a good way!) to deliver more and more.