The search begins and we met up with our first preferred list of interior design firms. These firms have a strong portfolio of the concept that we wanted. We will be evaluating based on the popularity, reviews and reliability of each interior design firms to determine who to engage. That being said, first impression matters too!
Read about their good reviews but they take at least 2 weeks to response to emails. Haven’t been able to fix an appointment with them. Understand that they are a small team but that’s not an excuse to go MIA. Though some reviews mentioned that patiently waiting for them helps.
Verdict: Dropped. Don’t feel comfortable with them going MIA for well, more than a month? Nope.
Dexign & Deals Interior
A new start-up since May, I saw their portfolio on Facebook and like the industrial design they had advertised. Met up with the designer and he spoke pretty eloquently. He looked quite sincere as he had advised us not to do certain carpentry works to help us save costs. He also mentioned that they were busy with their office renovation and was supposed to get back to us.
Verdict: Dropped. 4 months and still waiting for their quotation, it seemed like they had totally vanished into thin air. The last I checked, they had changed their name to Dxign & Deals. I have a bad feeling about this firm.
(Update on 27 July 2015): Someone messaged me on Facebook and told me that she was cheated by this firm. A police report had been made and it was understood that they had scammed about $200K from various people. What a close shave.
Left a message to them via email and I find that they are quite pesky. I received more than 3 calls from them within an hour during office hours. Met up with the designer eventually to give her another chance. Their showroom looks minimalistic and some of the laminated samples that she showed me were already peeling off. The second meet up was fixed 2 weeks later with the quotation given, but it exceeded our budget by 30%! Though I was pleasantly surprised that a perspective of the living room was prepared for me to visualize the concept she had proposed.
Verdict: Shortlisted. They seemed quite sincere and went the extra mile but not many reviews about them. Meeting her again 2 weeks later as I told her to revise the quotation. Shall see how it goes.
(Update on 16 Jan 2015): The designer called me every single week (during office hours) when I’ve clearly told her that we are still considering. Bloody annoyed. Dropped!
Their portfolio is good and the response was fast, even though the designer speaks in a monotone haha. He was quite experienced with the comments given. The price quoted was on the high side and they charge GST.
Verdict: Shortlisted. Don’t mind shortlisting them even though they charge GST since they are pretty prompt and the designer is experienced. I also love his works which were featured in various magazines. But I personally feel that the designer doesn’t seemed to be very interested in getting our business. Oh well. Let’s see.
Space Sense Studio
This is one of my favorite design firms. Managed to fix an appointment with the designer after my work but as I will be late, I texted him about it. Little did I know that he had another appointment after mine and had to cancel it. I told him that he should have let me know earlier as I wouldn’t have wasted my time and rushed down since he only told me 30 mins before our appointment. I told him that I will fix another appointment after my trip to Perth and emailed him the moment I came back. Will be meeting him later part of this month.
Verdict: Shortlisted. Shall meet up with him first before deciding.
Managed to fix an appointment with them and visited their office, which was nicely decorated. The designer whom I was assigned to was very young but I think we clicked pretty well. She seemed very experienced and gave quite a lot of ideas. The portfolios that she showed me were pretty much the ones we are looking for.
Verdict: Shortlisted. The next meet up will be 2 weeks later with the quotation.
(Update on 16 Jan 2015): Told the designer to send me the quotation as I couldn’t make it for the appointment. Two weeks has passed, none received.
What a tedious process! The search continues.
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