I’m studying BA Interior Architecture at Middlesex University (I'm the one second from the right in the picture). Part of my course work enabled me to take a Sandwich year to gain relevant experience at an interior design practice. I was fortunate to get this opportunity at Kinnersley Kent Design. I spent 8 months at KKD’s London studios and got involved in client projects from the onset.
I started with a few simple tasks at first, like tidying the materials library and putting together material boards for presentations. As I progressed, my responsibilities increased too. For example, I was very fortunate to be involved in a new not-for-profit design project, from start to finish. It was for the new Mary’s Living & Giving store in Wandsworth, for Save the Children. I helped with the research, design concepts, development, technical drawings, site visits during implementation and attended the grand opening night!
Some of my other duties included amending drawings, meeting sales representatives and ordering materials. My new found knowledge of materials is really useful and is helping me in my final year projects.
I spent many lunch hours with my colleagues on the square, people watching and soaking up the sunshine. The KKD team is a friendly bunch and really helpful, whenever I was unsure of anything they are always happy to explain or point me in the right direction. And we had some amazing social activities too, usually involving a drink or two.
During my time at Kinnersley Kent Design I have gained an invaluable knowledge about the design industry and the interior design process on real life projects.