Designer Abeer Akbari: Interior design is not just a study, it is an art acquired through practice

Interview: Fawzia Fahad Al-Wazzan – Media Student – University of Bahrain

The designer, Abeer Akbari started her career, which was due to her passion and being from a family, her field is engineering and design, which led her to study interior design and excel in this field and her name highlighted in a noticeable way. She opened her own interior design office to have her own name in the field of design and architecture.She became one of the most famous designers in Bahrain and also in the Gulf because of her distinctive touch and with this fame, but she always strives after that to be better and more and become an example for future designers.

  • How did you decide to start studying interior design?

I decided to study in the United States of America and was confused between architecture and interior design, but I was impressed by the study of interior design and the way they were taught in this field, and I felt that this was the field in which i could excel

  • How did you get started in this field?

I had a very difficult start due to estrangement and being far from my family. I had pressure in terms of studying and living alone without anyone with me. The study required constant focus and I often went to university for long hours to carry out the practical part.

  • Where do you get design inspiration from?

I come with my inspiration according to the project. If I have a villa house design, it will be according to the client’s personality and his preferred type of design. Black was the classic or the modern design. After I got to know the client’s taste, I start make his own design, but in the case of large projects such as banks and hospitals it is important. One of the most recent and important international projects to match the environment of the place.

  • What are the most important projects you have undertaken in Bahrain?

I designed many hospitals including the Bahrain Defense Force Hospital, I designed Benefit B Bank, and I designed the National Bank of Bahrain.

  • Do you have projects designed outside of Bahrain?

Yes, there are also many, the most important of which are the design of the Arab Open University in Riyadh, Amman and Madinah, and King Faisal University in Al-Ahsa and many private villas.

  • Where did you study interior design?

She studied interior design in the United States of America, specifically in Dallas.

  • Who is the biggest supporter of your interior design studies?

The biggest supporter for me is my family, specifically my father and my mother, who have been with me every step of the way and supported me in every way.

  • What are the difficulties you have faced in this field?

The study period and hours are very long, and it requires a lot of effort, so the duration of one class is a minimum of three hours. After graduation the field was much easier with practice and love for the field.

  • What makes your work different from other designers?

The difference in my work is that the design is consistent in colors and dimensions, and that each project has its own privacy. What distinguishes my work is that it is harmonious and carefully studied.

  • What are your favorite projects and why?

My favorite project, which I feel close to me, is the Bahrain Defense Force Hospital project, because the nature of the place was full of humanity and positive energy.

  • Have you thought about creating your own book or magazine?

Yes, I thought a lot about making a book about interior design and what is this field and interior design services and what can be provided, because interior design is a service that you provide to people in terms of the time you spend on the project and craftsmanship and how to treat the customer and this is the secret of the success of the interior designer.

  • Can you describe the evolution of your business from the day you started to today?

In my beginnings I always listened to my late father and what he gave me in terms of advice on design, precision and commitment to work to the limit. He was an engineer. I started to design places and things that were simply and was suitable for me. I did not start important projects from the beginning. The project will be unsuccessful, knowing that I received offers for very big projects, but I did not accept them because I was in my beginning and wanted everything with precision and mastery doing, until my name grew and I developed myself, thank God. Now I can take big and important projects and fully design them.

  • What are your future plans?

Yes, there is a plan in Bali, which is to provide an interior design service for small villas and for people with limited income whose need it is difficult to pay the interior designer.

  • Who is your favorite designer and why?

There is an architect and interior designer at the same time, Frank Lloyd Wright.

  • What qualities does an interior designer need?

The most important quality that the designer needs is accuracy and intensity of observation, and he has a long mind to understand the customer in front of him and the customer’s needs.

  • What are the most important tips you would give to aspiring designers?

Passion is the most important thing in this field and he has to endure long working hours and be a creative and perfect designer to leave his own mark in the future and for the designer to realize that the method of dealing with the customer is an art and must be mastered and the designer always tries to be accurate and perfect for his work because interior design is not only study but an art that must be learned through practice.

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