“At the end of the day, our job is to deliver the high-end design quality, sometimes with a little twist of creative flair.”
SpecifierSource speaks to Wenny Arief, the new Head of Interiors at Sydney-based architecture and interior design studio, FUSE Architecture.
How did you get started in the industry and what was your original ethos? Has that changed over time?
I started my career in architecture but seem to always find myself caught up in the beauty of details. As much as I find architectural form, functions and space flow fascinating, it is architectural detailing such as joints, corners, joinery, materials and how things come together that excites me. So 5 years into my career, I took a turn and dived into interiors, and have not looked back ever since.
What do you feel are the most important considerations when designing for large-scale interior projects like high-rise apartments or mixed-use developments?
It’s always a challenge to manage the complex briefs that a project like this may present. It is a balancing act. However, it’s our utmost goal at Fuse to ensure each space, no matter how large, will get the same ‘boutique-style’ attention as the smaller-scale projects we undertake and that their briefs are met while working methodically and efficiently.
What is the number one challenge when designing for these projects?
Managing client’s expectations and the budget, which are often not aligned.
What is your biggest project to date, and what did you find exciting or challenging about working on that project?
I believe in giving our best to every project regardless of its scale. I find similar excitement in working on complex briefs such as schools, high-end luxury houses, hotels, and even small fit-out of a boutique retail shop. At the end of the day, our job is to deliver the high-end design quality, sometimes with a little twist of creative flair.
What are you looking forward to achieving with FUSE?
FUSE is a relatively young and dynamic practice that strongly believes in a collaborative approach to design. This fresh new approach encourages us to challenge ourselves at the start of every project to think differently and come up with innovative designs that may otherwise be overlooked. Every project is an opportunity to think outside the box and I can only imagine the things that we’ll come up with together out of this process.
For more information please visit FUSE Architecture
Images courtesy of FUSE Architecture
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