Sara Sarna & Tina Ramchandani of Franklin Eight
“Creative collaboration is an integral part of our design process. We always seek the input of our clients and love incorporating their personalized needs into our overall vision for projects. When we feel strongly about architectural elements or a design statement, we do all that we can to ensure our clients are aware of how the aspect of the design we feel strongly about will impact the project’s overall vision. After we communicate our thoughts and ideas, we come to a consensus that we are all happy to move forward with.”
Niles Finne of FINNE Architects
It all comes down to trust. The client is placing a great deal of faith and money in the hands of the designer. There can be a huge amount of anxiety about the finished product, and some clients really try to micro-manage. I try to show clients many photos of completed projects and, most importantly, take the client on tours of actual projects to make the client relax about where the design is headed. It is critical to develop a vocabulary of shared spaces and finishes with the client. Of course, when you propose a design that is completely unlike previous work, there is a mountain to climb. I find that the process of gain- ing a client’s trust can take weeks or months or even years. Once the trust has been established, the project becomes a true joy. A few years ago a client remarked, “we need to stay true to Nils’ vision.” I looked at her and said, ‘Could you repeat what you just said, very slowly please!’
Naomi Kobrin of Naomi Kobrin Design
Usually a compromise is based on budget or space limitations . I see this not as a problem, but as a point of tension. It means I need to be that much more creative and cutting edge to make sure I still get an incredible result despite the “compromise”. Recently a client needed to significantly reduce the budget on their new from the ground up home. I had designed an incredible master bath loaded with great design features. We had to drop every last one of them. Instead of thinking compromise, I came up with an amazing palette of unique materials and applied them in unexpected ways. Our theme was cherry blossoms. I used real reclaimed wood next to porcelain faux reclaimed wood, pinkish mother of pearl and neutral glass tile. Bath came out amazing! To me the difference between good design and exceptional design is actually taking that compromise and turning it into an asset. I say bring on the compromise!