British interior designer Samira Amir has been living in Dubai with her two daughters for 13 years, and she gives the eclectic style the best expression in the decor. About the family, the engineer tells “Madam”: “I grew up in a large family who appreciates fun gatherings, laughter and homemade meals.” In the next dialogue, she talks about her design philosophy.
Why did you decide to study interior design engineering?
Fate and chance intervened and made me make this decision; I attended an interior design school in Sri Lanka, when I was 18 years old, before joining Monash University in Australia to pursue a degree in Accounting. Now, looking back, and specifically at the design study period, I see that the decision to choose this branch was one of the best decisions of my life. I do not think I do any other profession than interior design.
I moved from designing custom kids furniture to commercial and residential projects. When did things start to change?
It has come as a natural progression in my career, especially that I am a qualified interior designer, from Sri Lanka as well as from London. I introduced Wild Child Designz, which specializes in designing and making children’s furniture, in 2014, when my two daughters were young. As they got older, I was able to devote more time to interior design projects. That, of course, happened in 2018.
You have lived in a range of countries including Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. What effect has this had on your career?
This influenced the eclectic style characteristic of my work; Everything I saw in the vast and diverse worlds of design in the countries mentioned enriched my skills.
In one of the interviews you say that you design to bring joy where possible. Does interior decoration reflect people’s happiness and well-being?
joy is relative; So I spend the first period, when I tackle a project, to understand my clients and what they are attracted to. In addition, I use colors, in a way that gives a sense of comfort, without the presence of colors overwhelming the space. As for the artwork I choose to add to the space, it impresses the “personality” of the place with fun, and also distances itself from the architectural space of traditionalism. In the context of the well-being of homeowners; I use the principles of feng shui (a practice that grew up in ancient China associated with human choice of residence, design, arrangement of rooms and things, and an indication of harmony with the environment) that I studied, to to help the client thrive in their home, workplace and life.
Do you think it is possible to create a wonderful interior design on a low budget?
natural; Regardless of the budget, imagination can take one too far. In my portfolio of projects, there are many rooms that are executed with limited budgets. In this case, I use paint and accessories to make an impactful design, along with pieces of furniture purchased on a budget.
What are the key design trends for summer 2022? What is your relationship to decorating trends?
In the current digital age, and because of life taking an artificial turn, the trend is towards what element brings people back to nature, and to the true essence of how to live? Therefore, we look at the following design trends: the choice of organic and sustainable design elements, green color, light wood floors, wabi-sabi interior designs (the Japanese term “wabi-sabi” symbolizes the philosophy of accepting things, their imperfections, blemishes , wear and tear …) and natural plants. . Unlike fashion, trends in the world of interior decoration tend to last longer because home design is like an investment. So, I take directions, without sticking to any hard rules. As for designers in general, they are affected by current trends because materials and furniture that follow are available in the retail outlets they rely on during implementation and furnishing.
What are your future plans?
Focus more and more on commercial, corporate and cafe design projects. I enjoy the challenge in this field, as well as the magnitude of the transformations and their effects.
The philosophy of feng shui
Interior designer Samira Amir uses the philosophy of feng shui in her design projects. Regarding this practice, she tells “Madam” that “the principle of” Feng Shui “is based on the idea of energy emission and absorption, in application it is based on a map called” Bajwa “, which translates the movement of energy and distributes it in nine axes; each axis symbolizes a side of Aspects of human life (water = life, earth = relationships, thunder = ancestors, air = happiness, energy = health, heaven = friends, more = creativity, mountain = wisdom, fire = insight) .The designer also focuses on the places where positive energy flows called “chi”, as well as the five elements (earth, water, fire, wood and metal) in the implementation. studied the “Feng Shui” philosophy, the engineer notes that she became more attracted to natural materials and the elements inspired by them, such as wood, stones and earthy colors … She believes that all customers, regardless of their backgrounds and beliefs, can benefit from this philosophy.Sy m also notes that customers of Arab nationalities in the region are becoming more aware of this Chinese practice.