Trained in fashion design before turning her talents to furniture, Creative Designer Irina Nerciu has enjoyed a productive decade-long career. Originally creating designs for a kitchen and furniture business in her native Moldova she has been based in the UK for the last 4 years. Her eye for detail and creative design, matched with an ambition to be at the heart of a thriving high-end furniture design business sees her producing contemporary designs that thrill her clients
One of the aspects I really enjoy is how every day is different. Depending on where I am on the progress of a project, I’ll either spend the morning at my computer getting on with the design or I could be liaising with the tech team in the workshop who take my designs and turn them into reality.
Every few weeks I’ll take a new brief from a client. This is where I really get to know them and understand what they are looking for, their individual style and the atmosphere they are trying to create in their kitchen and other rooms within their home.
Working on prestigious new builds and premium renovations gives me scope as a designer to bring my creativity to the fore and to design furniture that synchronises with the architects and clients vision.
*It’s a shame that during the pandemic I’ve been unable to visit the sites that I’m designing for. It’s always a useful spark for the designer’s imagination if we can actually see and experience the building we’re working on. Every building has its own atmosphere, its own light and feel, all of which can inspire my design work. It’s important for me as a designer to be able to respond to the architecture of a room, so I’m looking forward to getting out on-site in the future.
At our mid-morning team meeting, new projects will be discussed and work allocated. We also take the opportunity to look at where we are on current projects to discuss any challenges that have arisen or to talk about design problems we’ve solved that might benefit the whole team.
In the late morning or early afternoon, you’ll often find me (virtually) meeting my clients and presenting my designs. I always get a little nervous about this as I really want the client to like what I’m proposing, but I also love hearing the feedback, especially when a client tells me that my design is exactly how they imagined it; hearing that is so rewarding.
Fortunately, the experience of the whole team here means that we really know how to work to a brief and to create furniture that our clients will love. Mostly what we end up discussing are the smaller details or type of appliances rather than the overall look and feel. But in all cases, it’s always a special moment when a client signs off on the final design before we go to production.
I do like to be challenged by my client’s projects though. Older buildings especially can be difficult to work on, they tend not to have straight walls or level floors. This is where the hidden parts of what I do come to the fore. You may not see it on the finished piece but an island for example, may have a gently angled plinth that helps it to sit level. I find that getting these little challenges right is really satisfying.
If we have gone to production, I’ll spend some time in the workshop. I’ve always enjoyed the whole process of seeing something I’ve created on paper elevated to an actual manufactured product. The atmosphere, noise, aroma of cut wood and buzz of the workshop is so different to the quiet of the design studio and helps to give a real breath of life to the concepts that started with my drawings.
Seeing the designs come alive gives me real creative satisfaction and is one of the reasons I enjoy my job so much.
Towards the end of the day, I’ll organise my workflow for the following day. I often have more than one current project so it’s important to ensure I’m super organised.
Once I get home I still like to be creative. I find drawing and sewing help me unwind, though if I’m sketching I often find myself absent-mindedly doodling a cabinet in the margin!
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