You could say that interior designer Michelle Subaran is a bit obsessed with space: “The way I approach my work is form following function, and the spacial planning is critical to me—examining what clients may want versus the space they actually have.” As a designer (as opposed to an interior decorator whose focus is generally soft furnishings), Subaran provides the bridge between an architect and decorator and describes her profession’s relationship with architects as “the dream team” for clients.
“I like to sit down and work with the client to understand how they will use each room. In many instances people don’t understand how to read drawings and so it is not until after the structure is built that they realize that the space they have for the desk they want is not enough, or the space is too big. I deal with the details of areas.”These details may seem minor until they become expensive and inconvenient, especially when you consider some of the challenges that are specific to Jamaica.
“A lot of the times people don’t want to grill their homes but then at the end they panic and then it is a retrofit situation. Water storage and generators need to also be considered— having 15 Rhino tanks beside your house is going to put a scar on your property. These are things that people don’t often think about because they are more concerned about their bathroom finishes but, for example, if you’ve spent millions of dollars on your landscaping, the impact of having dogs without proper runs and kennels will be huge.”