When did you join Colliers?
After studying applied arts and space design, I had a first professional experience in retail design in London. Before joining Colliers, I had already been specialising in workspace design for 5 years, having worked in various Parisian agencies, which gave me a cross-disciplinary vision of this profession. In April 2018, I joined Colliers, a company with strong roots in the office design market, as an Interior Designer, then Creative Design Manager.
How do you support our clients?
I am their main contact for design issues and I accompany them throughout their development project and the four main phases from conception to completion:
- listening and analysis: immersing ourselves in the company's culture and understanding the needs, issues and expectations of our clients, and the project's brand identity.
- Design: synthesising the client's brief with the constraints (technical, budgetary and planning), and adding value to the project by proposing creative, innovative and unique design solutions. This is how we define the project's guiding concept, which must be followed like a thread throughout all the following stages in order to maintain overall consistency.
- communication and presentation of the project (graphic support, plans, 3D views, moodboard, naming of spaces and oral discourse) are also an important part of the architect-designer's job. The way in which the project is presented and narrated helps clients to project themselves and their collaborators to ensure that the project progresses well.
- Implementation: guaranteeing compliance with the architectural guidelines and finishes selected at the design stage, throughout the duration of the work.
What is the design project you enjoyed the most?
This is a difficult choice because I have been lucky enough to work on some very innovative and rewarding projects at Colliers! But the Davidson Consulting head office fit-out was the first project I followed from A to Z shortly after joining the company. It was a real challenge, both in terms of planning and the client's highly disruptive expectations and methodology. Indeed, from the architectural competition phase, we had integrated into the project the many original ideas of the employees, such as a slide and a giant suspended hammock net for a guaranteed surprise effect for visitors! This project stood out both in terms of its uses and its singular identity in the image of the Davidson spirit. It was even a precursor, because before the coronavirus crisis, we had already revisited ways of working with Davidson Consulting and provided employees with a maximum of services and well-being to give them a sense of purpose and the desire to come to the office. These work environments are still relevant and adapted to the needs of users 3 years after their delivery. I am delighted that the Davidson Consulting project team has once again entrusted us with the design and implementation of the extension to their headquarters, which we delivered earlier this year. The brief was of course to make the project even more whimsical, green and decadent!
What is the most rewarding part of your job?
The meetings with our clients, who come from a wide variety of sectors and professions, within their companies, where we are always quickly integrated. This requires a lot of agility and questioning.
You also have to be on the lookout for new trends, new furniture products and materials. It's a constant background job 24 hours a day. Moreover, we are witnessing an evolution in the relationship between employees and their work space and the rise of hybrid work modes following the health crisis. I find it very interesting to observe as a player in these changes. It's never boring and it's exciting!