Enlisted to give this Boustead Travel Services office a new look as part of its efforts to better distinguish itself in its industry, the inD’finity Design team took into account all of their client’s requirements before proceeding. The new appearance had to not only reflect the company’s culture but also have an open-desk system, provide more seating freedom and be compatible with the company’s recent decision to embrace sustainability. As a result, the new layout was incredibly spacious, had long sightlines and obtained most of its light from natural sources. A departure from the parent company’s aesthetic, it has an industrial feel to it that is softened by a palette of bright tones and a touch of greenery.
In order to magnify the existing sense of spaciousness, the ceiling was opened up to expose its base finished state. Similarly, the entire establishment except for the in-house gym obeys the open office concept so that that there are no boundaries separating management and the staff. Instead, table sizes and unique shapes are used to visually define the borders of each ‘room’. A wide variety of meeting spaces and one large multipurpose area were also incorporated to encourage employee interactions and collaborations. Should the need for privacy arise, there are enclosed ocean blue and forest green call rooms available for use. Additionally, the conference rooms utilise a lot of glass which serve as both a decorative choice and makeshift writing boards.
Preventing the office from being an ‘all work and no play’ environment are elements such as the lounge spaces where employees can relax and quirky quotes on the walls. Last but not least, there are two pantries with one being connected to a balcony for better ventilation. Aside from gardening, this place is ideal for a cigarette break as the smell of the smoke will dissipate quickly and not linger inside the office.
By reading interior design magazines in his youth, Darren Gan not only discovered his love for the industry but also the fact that interior design is about more than just building homes. Upon noticing his talent in class, his secondary school art teacher encouraged him to further develop his skills by sketching. Aware that he needed first-hand knowledge of the construction and interior design industries if he truly wanted to succeed, he went to work for a construction company in Singapore for six months. After that, he moved to Kuala Lumpur to further his studies and eventually set up his own interior design firm.
Named inD’finity Design, the company largely owes its success over the past decade to its founder’s philosophy of treating every residential project as if it was the designer’s own dream home. Clients have been left impressed by the premium services they receive which include being invited to apply the final touches to their abodes so that they will have the unforgettable memory of helping make their dream homes a reality. Additionally, they get a one-year warranty which covers normal wear and tear as well as a two-year guarantee which offers additional refurbishment work at the same price. For a more personal touch, every client’s handover set includes a handmade key book and a custom folder filled with the project’s drawings. Last but not least, all relevant documentation is done in accordance with ISO specifications, ensuring both accuracy and efficiency.
Darren is eternally grateful for his father who instilled in him the willingness to work hard and chase after his dreams as well as his former employer who not only taught him everything he knew but gave him opportunities to learn things first-hand. Because of these two individuals and the lessons he has learned from them, he strongly encourages practices such as the minimum wastage of materials as well as checking and being critical of one’s work so as to avoid mistakes.