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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

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.

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


Santa Clara, CA 95051

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Question and answer

Q. What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

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.

Q. What types of customers have you worked with?

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.

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