Interior Design

InterSpace Design

Santa Clara, CA

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“Bringing Interiors to Life”

About InterSpace Design

InterSpace Design was founded in 1984 and prides itself in delivering unique solutions responsive to client priorities for both commercial and residential projects. With over 30 years experience, its principal, Marie Chan, CID, ASID, GREEN AP, has handled commissions ranging from commercial offices to health care facilities and private residences.

Marie engages her clients in a collaborative design process that respects their budgets and schedules. Her interest in green design extends to creative re-use of existing furnishings, and is equally adept at helping clients avoid costly mistakes in remodels as exploring the use of innovative, eco-friendly products.

The company's projects can be found in San Francisco and throughout Silicon Valley, including Los Altos Hills, Saratoga, Los Gatos, Burlingame, San Carlos, Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Cupertino, and San Jose.

Scope of services include:
•Interior design
•Space planning
•Lighting design
•Kitchen and bath remodels
•Construction drawings
•Custom design for cabinetry, furniture, window coverings and flooring

Credentials:
Marie is a certified Interior Designer in the State of California, a professional member of the American Society of American Designers, and president of the ASID California Peninsula Chapter (2009-10). She is also a GREEN accredited professional with expertise in sustainable home furnishings.

Education:
•B.A. Interior Design (Cum Laude), Washington State University
•Facilities Management Certificate (Awarded with Distinction), University of California Berkeley
•GREENleaders, Sustainable Furnishings Council

Location

Santa Clara, CA 95051

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Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. Clients often have unique space planning and design challenges when they come to InterSpace Design.
I help clients plan their remodels, especially in spaces that have complex functional needs like kitchen and bathrooms, to maximize the use of their space.
Once the planning is done, most clients want some custom touches to reflect their style. I often create window and floor coverings, furniture, cabinetry, as well as accessories, such as art glass and mirrors, to personalize the home or office.
I also 'repurpose' and redesign furnishings that are important to clients, both extending their useful life and helping the environment by keeping them off the landfill.
Last but not least, as lighting technology continues to increase in complexity, I often help clients to make sure the lighting solutions meet their functional and design criteria.

Q. Describe three recent jobs you've completed.

A. InterSpace Design handles both commercial and residential projects, but here are some recent samples of projects that I have been working on.
I helped some clients who are becoming empty nesters update their home so the interiors reflect their changing lifestyle. I was able to offer them functional furniture layouts and design a sectional to maximize the seating for their entertainment needs. New lighting, custom patterned cork flooring and window coverings together gave the place a brand new look.
For another client, I created a coffee table to compliment a desk that I designed earlier for their library. By using the same wood, beautifully figured Hawaiian koa, and keeping similar silhouettes, the furniture unifies the space and adds a warm touch to the room.
On the commercial design aspect, I work with commercial brokers to evaluate and maximize their clients’ space. I recently created some space studies for a law firm that resulted in double digit increases in space efficiency. This translates into significant savings since the current office can now accommodate their projected growth.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I feel lighting is a major element of interior design and enjoy looking for creative ways to integrate it into any project. To stay current on lighting trends and technology, I attend seminars as well as conventions on a regular basis. Current research increasingly links lighting to human health so good lighting design can help create a healthier environment.
Being keenly aware that lighting affects color, I offer a special process to help clients take the guesswork out of color selection for paints and other finishes. To understand the intricate relationship between color and light, please read my article published at Hubpages http://bit.ly/wQuwVb for more information.

Q. Do you do any sort of continuing education to stay up on the latest developments in your field?

A. As a Certified Interior Designer, I’m required to complete 10 hrs of continuing education units (CEUs) every 2 years. However I generally take about twice as many hours as I am interested in the latest technology and research on the affect of lighting on human health.
My professional organization, the American Society of Interior Designers, also mandates CEUs to maintain professional membership. I focus on classes for universal design (to help clients age in place), as well as sustainable, green design from industry experts.

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