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Youth of the week: Srey Sonarita

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Designer Srey Sonarita’s talent noticeably comes into full play whenever projects she gets assigned require refined design and sophisticated layout.
Srey Sonarita, 27, is a deputy design manager at The Room Design Studio.

“Designing branches out into four different fields: engineering design, architecture design, interior design, and landscaping,” she says “But my skills and work today are all about interior design.” She said.

Rita wanted to study in an environment fostering esthetics and creativity. She chose the School of Fine Arts and majored in interior design for four and half years starting in 2006. She acquired practical experience interning at The Room in 2008 in her third year and has been on staff there ever since.

As interior designer, Rita is in charge of technical issues and appropriate use of space and material in a building according to her client’s needs.

Designing is no easy task and requires thorough understanding of these concepts.

“Mastery of these four main points are paramount to accomplishing a good job: place space, people and material, style, and plan’s budget,” Rita says.

Rita designs both in 2D and 3D. Generally, project’s timeline can hardly be assessed until they break ground as various elements factor workload therefore precise delivery date is always subject to customers’ constraints:

Skyline Apartments, The French Element, SCC, Air France, Morakot Showroom are among the many prestigious clients Rita has worked for.

 “My computer is my partner,” she says. “It is easier, it is faster. I do hand-paint still. The program that I use for that is AutoCAD!”

Designers need creativity and innovation which are key to making one’s mark in the professional and competitive world of design,” she says. 

“Strong relationships based on trust with clients are also fundamental”.

“Normally, we are the designers so we know more than the customers about what is feasible and what should be ruled out; sometimes, we explain a problem that might occur in such or such situation. But, they still go ahead with their own idea. This is tricky, as someone will be blamed afterwards. It cannot be us though!”

 ​Rita strengthened her skills focusing on new and modern design concepts. Still seeking more consistency in her work habits and skills, she will read a Master’s degree.

“In January 2013, I will continue my Master’s degree in interior design in England”, she says. “I have to stop working and spend one year there.”

Decoration on Christmas Day is also design-related but Rita never works on it.

“The majority, the owner or staff members can do it. If they want to hire others, they will contact a company which specializes in this kind of event organization, not a design firm.”

“However, if we see an increase of such project in the future, we may very well take them up,” she says.

“Just remember that design stands as the decoration in your life indicating your level of happiness,” she says.

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