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Commercial InteriorsIn this type of interior design, a designer plans and designs spaces in commercial spaces and businesses. This branch of interior design is vast and broad. Just think about it.

Everywhere you go has been created and presented according to a design plan - whether it be professional or not. Everywhere! A regal and sophisticated bank, a cheerful and stimulating pre-school, a swanky and posh champagne lounge, a wholesome and spacious grocery store, and even your favorite theme park are all places where you can find the work of a commercial interior designer! Thus there are numerous specialization areas associated with commercial design.

Designers specializing in entertainment work on movies, television, theaters, clubs, theme park, and arena projects. Commercial designers focused on governmental projects work on schools, fire and police stations, libraries, courts, museums, public transportation terminals and other government buildings. Health Care design specialists design hospitals, nursing homes, examination rooms and waiting rooms. Focusing on hospitality and luxury, some commercial designers work on bars, restaurants, hotels, country clubs, cruise ships, and major conference areas.

Of course, some commercial designers specialize in office design and work to create workspaces that are fully utilized but that also create a productive and appealing work environment. There are also designers concentrated on retail and store design. This group of commercial designers works on shopping malls, department stores, boutiques, and any other retail venues. Commercial, sometimes also referred to as contract, design focuses on the design, professional design team coordination, planning, budgeting, specifying/purchasing and furnishings installation of interior environments used for commercial, government or educational purposes. Commercial Interiors consist of adapting Working areas created by the Architect to the fundamental functional, aesthetic or symbolic needs of its Owners.

In short, it must facilitate the clients sense of identification and subsequent appropriation of the space to enhance quality of work. Due to changing lifestyles, Commercial Interior Design has gone up through significant changes over the past few years. The Design styles differ greatly on individual tastes, the company business and its corporate image. But vastly is more dictated by the functionality. The range in endless, be it a restaurant or a discotheque, a boutique or a showroom, an office or an institution. With the introduction of new technology, this field also needs a vast technical knowledge of the latest systems and equipment to be incorporated in the design.

The scope of choice in everyday product from seating to lighting, tiles to files, modular to customized is immense. Thus the design development in this areas is much more complicated and demanding. A lot more sophistication in conceiving, presentation and implementation is required.

Areas of Commercial Design
Many designers specialize in one or more of the following areas of commercial design.

  • Entertainment
    Entertainment design brings together the use of interiors, lighting, sound and other technologies for movies, television, videos, dramatic and musical theater, clubs, concerts, theme parks and industrial projects.

  • Facilities Management
    A facilities manager develops schedules for building upkeep and maintenance, addressing safety and health issues and lighting and acoustics needs. A facilities manager also plans and coordinates office moves or expansions, and serves as project manager during construction or renovation.

  • Government/Institutional
    A government designer is familiar with the very specific needs and requirements associated with working with government agencies, such as military bases, federal buildings or government offices. An institutional designer focuses on projects such as childcare, educational, religious, correctional and recreational facilities, fire and police stations, courts, embassies, libraries, auditoriums, museums and transportation terminals.

  • Health Care
    Health care designers create environments for hospitals; clinics; examination rooms; surgical suites; mobile units; hospice care homes; nursing, assisted living or long -term care facilities; or any other health care environment.

  • Hospitality/Restaurant
    Hospitality design focuses on environments that entertain or host the public, including  nightclubs,   restaurants, theaters, hotels, city and country clubs, golf facilities, cruise ships and conference facilities.

  • Office
    Office design focuses on the public and private areas utilized by corporate and professional service firms.

  • Retail/Store Planning
    Retail design and store planning concentrate on retail venues, including boutiques, department stores, outlets, showrooms, food retailing centers and shopping malls.

Approaches to Design
The following are not design specialties but rather approaches to design that cut across design specialties.

  • Sustainable Design
    Also referred to as "green" design or "Eco-design," sustainable design is concerned with the environmental/ecological, economic, ethical and social aspects and impacts of design.

  • Universal Design
    An extension of "barrier-free" design, universal design employs products and solutions originally developed for individuals with disabilities to increase ease of use, access, safety and comfort for all users.
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