ADDRESS Interview with event curator and interior designer MāK Interiors.

Define your work in 3 sentences or less. Commercial and residential interiors with meaning. We work with clients to create spaces that tell their story, streamline their work, and showcase their style in unique ways. We do everything from design concept to project management, and we push a few boundaries in between. We treasure our working relationships with contractors, trades and makers that we trust to help us pull off great end results.

Describe your creative process. When I meet with a new client I can’t help but dedicate a large amount of brain power to their project. I’ll spin the space around in my head, wake up in the middle of the night to sketch something, or leave myself voice memos while I drive. That’s the value of working with a designer, we are literally thinking about your project 24 hr/day until we NAIL it. Presenting the ideas in a way that is clear and concise for clients is our next step and once they are in love, we get down to the practical work of construction drawings and spec writing. The process really depends on the balance of free-flowing ideas, practicality, and detailing and THAT’s what I love about it!

Where do you find inspiration when experiencing a creative block? In my day-to-day life I have two outlets that get me jazzed about work; 1) Talking with other creatives – excitement about project is contagious!; and 2) Disconnecting entirely – it sounds cliche but even a couple of hours hiking sans internet access gives a nice refresh to the brain. In the big picture travel is the best medicine for creative blocks – I always find that a change of scenery really helps to shift perspective and clear out the mental cobwebs.

What advice would you give to young designers / makers / artists / creatives aspiring to make it in their field? Get yourself a tribe! I can’t stress enough how important it is as a creative entrepreneur to have ‘your people’; those who understand what it’s like not only to do creative work for a living, but to have the pressures of running the show too. Share what you know, learn from each other, and support one another – the pay-off is huge when you find the right people.

What’s your dream project? I would love to convert a heritage building to a boutique hotel with a great lounge and bar. That, and… my very own water-front cabin with a dock :)

What art / design trends are you excited about? Texture is what I’m loving these days. Especially with the contrast of a matte finish and interesting colour combo. Yum!

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