We all know the special few that light up a room when they walk in, their passion for what they do is uplifting and inspiring and they have a sense of poise and style that can’t be replicated. Adele Bates is one of those special few and her new multi-disciplinary design company, Adele Bates Design, is nothing less. As John Saladino once said “a house is much more than a mere shelter, it should lift us emotionally and spiritually” and Adele’s holistic approach to Interior Design certainly encompasses this notion.

Adele’s world of knowledge and expertise is clearly showcased through her company’s broad portfolio. Specialising in every form of space from residential to hospitality each project is not only visually pleasing yet practical and functional, ticking of all the design elements. Adele Bates Design realises that every aspect of design is imperil to the success of a project. Couturing had the pleasure of catching up with the talented lady herself to hear more about her exciting new business venture and what’s in store for the future.

When and how did you first get involved in Interior Design and why were you drawn to it?

Since high school my passion has always been design.  Although I appreciate all design disciplines, Interior Design inspired me the most because of its potential to impact people through the spaces that they occupy.

Can you tell us a little about the concept behind your company and how Adele Bates Design came about?

Starting my own business was a natural progression for my career.  Unique opportunities continued to present themselves to me and I was not able to explore these while working for someone else.  I also saw that Interior Design projects often call for a more holistic approach, as the lines between Interior Design, Branding, and Marketing can often be blurred.  The core belief behind the business is that all of these aspects can be addressed to offer cohesion in the design and a seamless process for the client. 

What and where do you gain inspiration from and how do you carry ideas through to a design?

Inspiration can come from anything from the surrounding environment to the processes that take place within a space.  Designs are also informed by the architectural context and siting of a project.  We regularly explore new materials and can find inspiration through considering how a design will be executed.  Some of the most mundane practical considerations lead to the most excited moments of inspirations.

Do you have any other passions apart from Interior Design?

I have a passion for all things design, from Fashion to graphic.  Aside from this I focus living a healthy lifestyle, which includes practicing Bikram yoga and clean eating.  This holistic approach towards health and lifestyle has naturally translated to my business, which has resulted in a balance and clarity to the studio.

What do you think is on the cards for Adele Bates Design next?

The business will continue to evolve.  Many of our ongoing projects will also be completed this year. We are currently working on some exciting projects and collaborating with great people, including product design, which will be launched later this year.  There are some exciting times ahead, but we can’t give too much away at this stage…

Do you have any advice for people wanting to get into Interior Design and where is the best place for them to start?

Interior Design is often misunderstood as a discipline so I strongly recommend anyone looking to work in the industry to get experience and exposure as early as possible.

To find out more on Adele Bates Design jump onto her website  http://www.adelebates.com.au/

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