Shining a spotlight on the ID Awards 2023 shortlist: Lisa Beaudenon

identity in collaboration with Casamia shines a spotlight on the candidates shortlisted for Emerging Designer of the Year at identity Design Awards 2023.

A conversation with Lisa Beaudenon, Junior Interior Designer at Swiss Bureau Interior Design

How long have you been working in the industry and what sectors (if any) do you specialize in?

I have been working as an Interior Designer for almost two years now, mainly focusing on Commercial and Hospitality projects, and more recently diving into the world of Residential design.

What are some of your key achievements from the past year? (both personal and professional)

Over the past year, I’ve been on a mission to strike a better balance between my professional and personal life, prioritizing my mental and physical health. This shift made a world of difference in navigating the bustling landscape of the design industry, and while it is a never-ending journey, I take pride in the progress I’ve made in pushing myself towards this goal. Another accomplishment that truly brings me joy is my nominations at the awards! As a designer, there’s an immense sense of fulfillment when your designs receive recognition, allowing you to share them with a wider audience. I am profoundly happy to have achieved this early on in my career.

What are some of the key learnings you received being part of the industry that you did not know before you joined?

Design and psychology intersect in numerous ways, and interior design goes beyond just creating beautiful spaces. In today’s world, it’s essential to design something that is both aesthetically pleasing and practical for its users. Merely focusing on looks without considering functionality, the psychological needs and wellbeing of its occupants is not enough. The true challenge lies in creating spaces that are visually appealling and emotionally and mentally enriching.

Any specific projects (completed) you would have liked to be part of?

Yes! Our design team has just wrapped up the Orange Hospitality [project, a wonderfully bright and elegant workspace situated in ICD Brookfield Place. The space is a striking blend of beautiful design with subtle edgy accents that infuse vibrance into its atmosphere and I can’t wait to see it come to life!

Who do you consider as a mentor in your career space?

I view everyone as a mentor and it has been an extremely rewarding experience learning from everyone here at Swiss Bureau! They’ve been the best support system to have throughout my design journey. In my perspective, we gain valuable insights from people we encounter in our work and life. Learning is an unceasing journey, and staying open to diverse perspectives is paramount in the industry, respecting the wealth of backgrounds, and knowledge others bring to the table.

What branches of design would you like to explore next?

I am genuinely eager to embark on a journey into the realm of luxury Residential and Hospitality projects and luckily, Swiss Bureau’s project portfolio has been expanding in that direction! The concept of transforming a mere structure into a warm and inviting haven has always held a special place in my heart. The process of transforming a house into a home that goes beyond the mere aesthetic, and extending into the realm of emotional connection and well-being will be an exciting new chapter for me and the whole team!

In two lines, what’s your take on the current design industry?

The design industry is in a constant state of flux and evolution. I believe that today more than ever, we stand at a unique juncture to harness technology for tailored outcomes, that broadens our imagination and fosters a culture of innovation.

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