Designer Amal Al-Faqih: Needs are more important than wants in the world of decoration

With confident and steady steps, Saudi interior designer Amal Al-Faqih started her career in the world of design, passionate about her work, fond of challenges and eager to pay attention to the smallest details as she meets the needs of the client know well and draw her designs accordingly, and this is what sets her apart from her point of view. “Ma’am” caught up with her today to talk more about the world of decorating and give her advice to those looking to enter the field.

The decorator is Amal Al-Faqih

Who is Amal Faqih?
A decorator, graduated from King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah, Department of Interior Design and Furniture in 2014, a wife and mother, a confident personality who is passionate about my work and everything that distinguishes and contributes to my field of work and my life.

Where does hope come from her designs?

There are many things I take into account when I design, the most important of which are the customer and his special needs, the latest materials and what modern technology has to offer.

What materials are used in your designs? And what sets it apart?

There are many materials that I use, which vary from project to project and from person to person, following everything that is new and useful in the field, distinguished by their high quality and taking into account the environmental and natural factors of the region.

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many schools

Living and dining space designed by interior designer Amal Fakih

Technology has helped the designer to shorten time but has increased the cost of design

The world of design has many schools of which schools do you classify?

There are many schools, some of which are design follows function or function follows design; I belong to the school where design follows function because it makes sense for the client’s needs.

This has been noticed on your modern designs..Do you have room for oriental design?

Yes, but with a modernity, since the general trend of the property now follows the small spaces away from the spaces we were used to in the past.

What about sustainability in design?

One of the important factors that we have to consider in the design, as it works to save time and money for the customer and serves the environment, but the high price made it in a very narrow range.

Amal walking on the steps of local and international designers?

All the designers that I draw from the distinguished and who contribute to my professional career, especially at the local level, and those who have a favor that I do not deny them, for example, but not limited to, Engineer Mohamed Saqir, to to whom I express all my thanks and gratitude, as he is the one who guided my first steps into the world of design and Dr. Nada Al-Nafi at the level Academic.

How do you see the future of interior design in Saudi Arabia?

In the past, decoration design was limited to a certain group of society and only the residential sector, but nowadays we see a promising future with the difference in the culture of society, and design has become involved in all sectors, such as the design of the decor of companies, cafes and others.

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Difficulties and challenges

Guest Majlis designed by interior designer Amal Al Faqih

In Saudi homes, the exploitation of spaces is a problem in designs

Problems you face in designing and dealing with customers?

  • There are no problems we cannot overcome, but women’s challenges in this area are more difficult than men’s, so we need the family and society to understand the nature of our work and support.
  • The engineer turned into a social reformer and the designer’s rights were lost when the spouses separated.. Then who will pay the bill?!
  • Existence of legal loopholes and fraud by some customers and their exploitation when signing contracts.
  • The extent to which the Saudi woman or family accepts the importance of providing an interior designer for the design of the House of Life. In this aspect, I am very happy to accept and understand the importance of the role of our designer, as there is a great demand and awareness of the Saudi community for what we do.

Residential design and display model designs, which one do you prefer to work on?

Display models are my favorite; This is because it represents a great challenge for me, as it is presented to a large segment of people with different tastes, and the design must be admired by me, as I am a fan of challenges.

A fingerprint that distinguishes Amal and is unique in his designs without others?

To read the customer, know the smallest details, and make sure to implement it according to the customer’s point of view, in line with the basic lines of the design.

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National Identity in Saudi Arabia

What is Amal’s design philosophy?

Concerns about the national identity in Saudi Arabia and real estate development in my country.

Is there a ritual of your own when preparing the design?

Yes, I am a very moody person during the day. I need time in design. I rely on search engines to search and study design at all global and local levels in accordance with our identities and needs.

I have trained many girls, how do you see their passion for the profession?

Here in Saudi Arabia, to enter interior design, the applicant must undergo an entrance test, which is looking for advanced skills that I work on during training.

How did Amal find her way into the world of design?

Attention to the smallest details and commitment to their implementation.

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The world of applications and decoration design

A bedroom for two people designed by interior designer Amal Al-Faqih

world of applications and technology; How did he contribute to the world of decoration?

It is necessary to clarify a very important point in this aspect, technology has contributed and helped the designer to shorten the time, but has increased the cost of designing, as the service is not provided for free. As for the apps that have spread across all social media platforms have contributed to awareness in general, but they never let the designer down.

How do you develop your field of work?

Constant search for everything new and continuous development by attending workshops in all disciplines directly or indirectly related to the field, for example: “project management, psychology, art and technology”.

A project that Amal is proud to achieve?

“Finan”, one of the residential projects in the city of Jeddah.

Disadvantages you find widespread in Saudi homes?

Not exploiting the spaces inside the houses properly, such as enlarging the salons and reducing the bedrooms, and not having spaces for outdoor spaces such as gardens and balconies.

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Labor market and specialization

Advice that you give to anyone who comes to furnish their home?

  • Prioritizing needs over wants, and then consulting and consulting experts.

I say to those who are going to study interior design:

  • Universities graduate a large number of designers to the extent that the labor market does not absorb this number, which requires unemployment; Therefore, I would recommend the exact specialization after graduation. Example: Strict specialization in commercial projects, local furniture design, lighting design.

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