Manufacturing Spotlight: Megan Thompson with Spark Interiors
What makes Spark Interiors unique? Why Spark?
At Spark Interiors, we have developed a consistent process for both residential and commercial clients. We walk them through the concept, budgeting, and design., in that order every time. Some designers don’t have a linear process and projects can be confusing and go all over the map. We believe in streamlining the process because we often have to meet tight deadlines.
What does this process look like?
We are always going to start with a detailed concept interview. We ask clients questions like:
- What do you want to feel like when you enter?
- Do you have enough quiet space for introverted employees to do heads-down work?
- Who will be using what space?
This type of information will drive the design process.
What is most important to you when working with a client?
Their happiness. At the end of the day, our clients and their employees are the ones who are going to work in this space. It’s not for me, it’s for them.
What trends are you seeing in workplace design during COVID-19?
What I am seeing is more automatic doors, kitchen faucets that are touchless. People have not felt the need to upgrade to these options in the past, but they want to make their employees feel safe if they are returning to the office.
What is most important to you when working with a dealer?
A great relationship. I need to know that I can trust my dealers when I ask them to pick pieces to show my clients. I want to give them the parameters and have faith that they will come back with options that my clients will love.
For example, we have a great flow with Contract Furnishings. I know that they will help me take care of my clients, even if I can’t be in the showroom. That trust is huge. They’re very knowledgeable about products and trends, which are always changing. And, they not only understand design, but they understand the various styles in which people work as well. They get it.
Why did you get into design and what do you love about this industry?
I was inspired by my dad. I grew up watching him remodel our house. It was his hobby. After looking into a career in design, I decided to go to design school. It just made sense. I was lucky that I figured out early on what I wanted to do and I have never looked back.
I love this industry because I get to meet and help a lot of different people. I can have two clients doing the same type of project, and yet they can be so different from each other. I also love meeting new vendors and seeing what’s new in their showrooms.