British interior designer Samira Amir has been living in Dubai for 13 years with her two daughters and her eclectic style is best expressed in her decor. About the family, the engineer tells Madam: “I grew up in a large family that values fun meetings, laughter and home-cooked meals.” In the following dialogue, she talks about her design philosophy.
Why did you decide to study interior design engineering?
Fate and coincidence intervened and made me make this decision; I attended an interior design school in Sri Lanka when I was 18, before joining Monash University in Australia to pursue a degree in Accounting. Now, when I look back and specifically 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 profession other than interior design.
I went from designing custom kids furniture to undertaking commercial and residential projects. When did things start to change?
It came as a natural progression in my career, especially since I am a qualified interior designer, from Sri Lanka as well as from London. I started Wild Child Designz, specializing in designing and manufacturing children’s furniture, in 2014, when my two daughters were little. As they grew, I was able to devote more time to interior design projects. It happened naturally, in 2018.
You have lived in a number of countries, including Sri Lanka, the United Kingdom and the United Arab Emirates. What effects does this have on your career?
This influenced the characteristic eclectic style of my work; Everything I have seen in the vast and varied worlds of design in the countries mentioned has enriched my skills.
In one of the interviews say that you design to bring joy wherever possible. Does interior decoration reflect the happiness and well-being of people?
joy is relative; So I go through the first period, when I take on a project, to understand my clients and what they gravitate to. In addition, I use colors in a way that gives you a sense of comfort, without the presence of colors that occupy space. As for the work of art that I choose to add to the space, it entertains with fun the “personality” of the place, as well as distances the architectural space from 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 related to the human choice of residence, design, arrangement of rooms and things, and indicators of harmony with the environment) that I have studied, to help the client thrive in their home, workplace and life.
Do you think creating a great interior design is possible, with a low budget?
naturally; Regardless of the budget, imagination can take it very far. In my project portfolio, there are many realized rooms with limited budgets. In this case, I use paint and accessories to make an impactful design, along with furniture pieces purchased on a budget.
What are the main design trends for summer 2022? What is your relationship with decorating trends?
In the current digital age, and as a result of life taking an artificial turn, the trend is which element brings people back to nature and to the true essence of the way of life? Therefore, we are looking at the following design trends: the choice of organic and sustainable design elements, green colors, light wood floors, wabi-sabi interior designs (the Japanese term “wabi-sabi” symbolizes the philosophy of accepting things, imperfections, their stains, consumption …) 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 instructions, without adhering to difficult rules. As for designers in general, they are affected by current trends because the materials and furniture they follow are available at retail outlets where they rely on implementation and furnishing.
What are your plans for the future?
Focusing more and more on commercial, corporate and cafe design projects. I like the challenges in this area, as well as the scale of the transformations and its effects.
Philosophy of feng shui
Interior designer Samira Amir uses the feng shui philosophy in her design projects. For this practice, she tells “Madam” that the principle of “Feng Shui” is based on the idea of emitting and absorbing energy. The application is based on a map called “Bajwa”, which translates the movement. of energy and distributes it on nine axes; each axis symbolizes one side of the Aspects of human life (water = life, earth = relationship, thunder = ancestors, air = luck, energy = health, paradise = friends, lake = creativity, mountain = wisdom, fire = sharpness). The designer also focuses on the places where the positive energy called “chi” flows, as well as the five elements (earth, water, fire, wood and metal) in the implementation. After studying the principles of “Feng Shui” philosophy, the engineer notes that she is more attracted to natural materials and elements inspired by them, such as wood, stones and earth colors, for example … She believes that all customers Regardless of background and their belief, can benefit from this philosophy, she also points out that customers of Arab nationalities in the region are becoming more aware of this Chinese practice.