VICTORIA KINDERGARTEN NURSERY – Institution (25,000SF – Hong Kong)
A playful atmosphere is created through the use of pastel tones and fun design elements to engage the attention of children. There were many challenges in the school as we only had a 30 day construction period for 25,000sq.ft space. Given that this was a renovation project not a newly built school, we had only the summer holiday timeframe to design and construct the nursery with existing limitations.
Designing a space for young children entails a lot of study and survey at the current school. Everything a young child touches and sees must be considered from a safety standpoint which meant non-toxic materials, durable clean finishes, rounded corners and interactive objects. We meticulously and successfully designed decorative features and furniture keeping in mind a lower vision plane that engages children to enjoy.
I began my undergraduate degree design in the United States at California State University and finished up at University of Tennessee in Interior Architecture, Ergonomics and a Minor in Art History. My design career in Hong Kong took place through representing high calibre international design firms which eventually lead to my interior design consultancy practice in 2000 “nude” Natasha usher design enterprise. Since the establishment of nude, our interior projects include a multitude of local and international projects. Sizes have ranged from small retail identity roll-outs from 600sqft to 40,000sq.ft health clubs as well as full hotel developments. In 2001 I began developing a small range of furniture exhibited throughout lifestyle showrooms in Hong Kong. I still continue to develop design pieces in my projects in order to promote local design talent both distributed in Asia and overseas.
While still actively managing nude, I spent several years heading the Interior Design department for Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts International since 2004 which has greatly expanded our company's business knowledge within the hospitality industry.