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    • 20 October 2017

      Q&A: Interior Design and Architecture are Inextricably Linked

      Sarah Müllertz is Partner and Head of Interior Design at Henning Larsen. Her team designs everything interior from wayfinding to door knobs, and she sees it as a great strength for architects to be able to deliver a complete building from facade to furniture.

    • How is interior design and architecture connected?

      Interior design can create the final finesse that ensures that when you enter a building it feels like it is complete. Interior design and architecture are inextricably linked. Interior is not a complement or add-on, but a full service.

      What are you working on in your department?

      Currently, we are working a lot with activity-based working spaces. Specifically, I work with different managements to examine how we translate their business strategy to interior design projects, and how we make sure that their employees are helped as much as possible by design. We have just delivered a full interior design concept to Pandora's new headquarters, and it became an exceptional concept because we were able to work with an ambitious customer who really wanted it.

      What are your core competencies in Interior Design?

      In Interior Design we deliver a concept based on a trinity: Our professional knowledge, the customer’s business strategy and the architecture we work with. When we design for companies, we work closely with the management to reshape the business strategies into something tangible. Refurbishment of offices is not a question of whether you sit in an open or closed office space. It is about looking at the people who work and turn their workflow into a design that supports them best. How do we make sure that people share knowledge, work flexibly? By creating a space for it. That is one of the things we do best.

      What market are you navigating in?

      Today, companies are organized in teams, and teams must be watered to flourish and prosper, and they need to communicate. If not, they are not productive. When I look at the Danish landscape, there is more need of interior design than ever.

      How do you position your team in that demand?

      By creating projects so good that you cannot ignore us. I have employed the most talented people I could find, and we have accumulated so much expertise that the things we deliver cannot be rejected. Showing by doing is my mantra.