Q&A with Hania Shiner (Interior Designer)

You asked, we listened! Today, we will give you a bit of an insight of how’s the life of one of our Interior Designers – Hania Shiner. She plays a very important role in the company and everything comes together with her help.

Get to know Hania and her day-to-day work life followed by a mood board she created for a project.

Q: What’s a typical day like as an Interior Designer at Summit?

A: From 7:30am until 8:30am, I try to incorporate a bit of yoga, depending on how I feel maybe a little stretch or a full session and then some fruit and yogurt. Now we’re going back to the office once a week, I may treat myself to a pastry and a coffee on the way.

From 8:30am until 10am, I start by reading through emails and re-writing to-do lists, prioritising the most important for the day. I find this helps to focus me for the day. Our team will have a meeting in the morning/early afternoon to go through all the current or new client projects we are or will be working on.

From 10am until 2pm, I usually have a client meeting at some point during the day. This could be to introduce the interior design process in a consultation to a new client or to discuss the next steps of a current project to an existing client. I love meeting new clients at consultations and discussing ideas for their space.

If I’m working from home, I find it really refreshing to look at nature for a while rather than a screen so go for a short walk around lunch time.

At 2pm, I will focus on the projects that need to be completed for the rest of the day. Usual tasks include working on various projects for their interior room by room. Currently, I am creating mood boards after an interior consultation for their style, colours and textures. I will then be looking into bespoke items and storage for a recent project to achieve small space functional solutions. Then I will start space planning and looking into suppliers.

I make sure to save time in the day to create or finish the visual presentations for projects with all the plans, mood boards, fixtures + fittings and bespoke items. I will usually be designing on InDesign, SketchUp, AutoCAD or Photoshop.

Q: What’s your favourite part about this job?

A: For me, the best part is creating the concepts and seeing them come to life. From creating personal mood boards to problem solving space planning, I love creating spaces for people to enjoy.

Colour mood board – by Hania Shiner

Q: Where do you find inspiration?

A: I find a lot of inspiration by stepping outside of the interior design realm. Being attuned to what is around you will sometimes find new colour palettes and forms. I love going to the recent art exhibitions around London, I used to work in an art consultancy so art has always been a huge inspiration for me. Travelling to different countries is a great way to experience different styles of design. I also have subscriptions to Elle Decoration, Freize Art Magazine and Frame magazine to have a read on the weekend.

Q: What’s your favourite style of Interior Design?

A: The eclectic use of fabrics, furniture and art is usually where I am drawn to. Finding inspiration in historical art and design, then turning that into contemporary styles creates a unique and interesting design. I love bringing in texture to neutral palettes and try to bring in colour as much as possible.

Q: What questions do you ask a client when starting the interior design process?

A: The main question I ask a client during a consultation is to think about how would they like each room to function as the end product. I also ask what style/colours they dislike as well as prefer. This way, I can make sure to design away from the styles they wouldn’t choose.

Q: Why should they choose our company in order to have your help?

A: As an architecture firm, we plan and design everything right from the architecture and planning through to the completion of your interiors. We work closely with every client to ensure we turn their vision into a reality. We take any influences and styles the client prefers and create a space for personal to them.

Q: What do you do on your weekends?

A: I love London but I also love exploring places in the UK every now and then. Gower in Wales, Cornwall and Brighton are just a few of the favourites for a beach! Then if I’m in London I’ll be hanging out at a restaurant or local pub or creating illustrations that I do in my spare time.

Along with Hania, Summit Architecture has different departments and everyone works together to make the Dream Team become real. Get in touch with us today to know more about our services!