On the flip side, could you please share some key learnings in your transition from fashion to interiors?
Nina Maya: I had to learn and build up a book of reliable trades quickly. Having no background in interiors, I had to hire people with different skill sets to mine to draft and translate my ideas and concepts into technical drawings. The thing I love most about my job is you are constantly learning and improving and experimenting with new materials and techniques.
Many transferrable skills from fashion to interiors include working with colour, form, and structure. However, the new skills honed were more around spatial awareness and playing with light and all the magical ways it can transform one’s experience of a space. Lighting is one of my favourite tools to employ in interiors, whether it be feature light, to architecturally integrated task lighting that is discreetly concealed. The acquisition of this skill is still ongoing in the practice of daily experimenting, analysis constant learning through each project.