Geraldine Lewis, Senior Interior Designer
A senior designer with over 18 years of experience, Geraldine has a client-centred approach and an eye for detail. Balancing creativity, collaboration and forward thinking she delivers high quality design projects in a structured, organised and detailed manner.
Geraldine recently joined our team for the second time, and we had a chat with her about all things Interior Design.
What excites you the most about joining GID again?
Returning to the GID team after a 7 year break is very exciting. Being able to share the knowledge and experiences I have gained during that time from working across different sectors, including large scale commercial, retail, hospitality and healthcare is also very rewarding.
What projects are you currently working on?
I’m excited to be working on St Basil’s ACT, Presbyterian Aged Care Stockton, Opal Wellness Centres and St Luke’s Hemsley House.
Where do you seek inspiration, as an Interior Designer?
I feel that design is part of my life, it surrounds me each and every day, so I don’t really seek inspiration. As a designer, you just need to stop, listen, observe and appreciate what’s in front of you.
What’s the best aspect of your job?
This is a hard question as there are so many! As a designer you get to meet and experience so many different places, environments, and people. You get to make a difference to people’s lives and create new experiences which has a positive and lasting impact. Thinking about it, this lasting impact that we are privileged to create is what I love most.
How would you describe your designing style?
I pride myself as being a flexible designer. You need to approach each project with an open mind and design direction, that way you are able to seek the best for your client.
On the other hand, if I was to design my own “ideal space” it would be one of smooth clean lines with a focus on functionality. I would classify this as contemporary with a touch modernism and a splash of colour.
Are there any secrets to amazing interiors?
Where do you start…? There are so many factors that influence the outcome of a design. First and foremost you need to understand your clients’ needs, their ambitions, their drive and what they want to achieve. From there is then up to us, the design team, to understand and translate that energy into a new space.
What are the things that can make or break a good design?
For me that would be an understanding of the site and its surrounding topography, as well as a clear view of the client’s goal and what the design needs to achieve. While the interiors are a major component to any space, if the extended project team (eg project managers, service consultants & contractors) are not in sync with the interior vision, the end result is compromised.
What would your dream project be?
That would be to have a project where there are no site constraints and design boundaries. A project where you can push yourself to achieve the impossible.
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