Karishma Kakoti, a noted interior designer from Assam, shares some tips on how to utilise the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown to enrich one’s skill sets in the domain
Guwahati: Staying safe at home during lockdown has some of its own merits too. One such is improving one’s specific skill sets. International award-winning interior designer from Assam Karishma Kakoti has a few insights to share for people who are interested in the domain.
“Interior designing is all about art and visualisation,” said Kakoti, founder of KA Design, a leading luxury interior designing firm headquartered in the region. "Hand sketching is a skill that is a must in this field. Apps and technology can only help you to accentuate your creations but having an edge in hand-sketching will take you quite far,” she said, adding: “Hence, polish skills in sketching during the time of lockdown.”
YouTube is filled with various tutorials of pinpoint art-making, perception drawings, etc, which might look tough at first glance but the practice is what makes a man perfect. “No doubt you would be taught about all these in your respective designing colleges, but staying ahead of the curve has its benefits,” said the designer.
Understanding the nuances of colour is a pre-requisite in the field of interior designing, said Kakoti. “Play with colours, who knows, one can come up with a combination that no one has ever thought of before. Additionally, colours help one understand how the interior walls would look or even how the objects and elements need to be placed,” she added.
People who love craftwork are already a step ahead in the ladder, for it gives one an eye for seeing things with a different perspective than the rest. “Also interior designing is not always about coloured walls and designer floorboards,” said Kakoti. Knowing how a certain element would look when placed inside a room, the perspective of placement must always work for hand in hand and almost instinctively. Practising craftwork does not only allow one's imagination to take shape but also hone their skills about placement and much more.
“Let’s not forget about portfolio making, for that is the first thing that any college recruiter would look into. Your portfolio would speak in volumes about who you are as a designer,” said Kakoti. Every designer has his or her unique way to look at things and the portfolio is what sets one apart from the others, specifically the cover page, said Kakoti, who was recently honoured at the International Excellence Awards 2020 in Madrid for her outstanding performance in interior design.
In 2019, Kakoti was conferred with the ‘Best Emerging Interior Design Professional of the Year’ at the Global Indian Business Excellence Awards 2019 held in London, UK. She is also the founder and owner of KA Design, a leading luxury interior designing firm headquartered in the region and has completed several luxury projects for residential, commercial and hospitality sectors all over the country.