Commercial Design

What is Commercial Design? A much more complex process, commercial interior designers plan public spaces—government buildings, private businesses, or other corporate entities. Offices are a common focus of these professionals, but they may also work with schools, banks, retail establishments, and other public spaces. Designs respond to and coordinate with the building shell and acknowledge the physical location and social context of the project. Designs must adhere to code and regulatory requirements and encourage the principles of environmental sustainability. Interior designers design interiors. That’s obvious, but they need to do so in a way that enhances the basic function or purpose of a structure. A house is a space for living, so residential designs need to enhance livability. Commercial structures have a different purpose: they help businesses make money. How can an interior designer help a business make money? The interior designer balances the commercial building’s functional needs in terms of physical space and its aesthetics. Commercial designers focused on governmental projects such as:
  • Schools
  • Fire and police stations
  • Libraries
  • Courts
  • Museums
  • Public transportation terminals
  • Other government buildings
Commercial designers focused on hospitality and luxury projects such as:
  • Bars
  • Restaurants
  • Hotels
  • Country clubs
  • Cruise ships
  • Major conference and meeting areas