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Guide: 6 tips for creating the best interior design portfolio


Whether you are a student, a professional interior designer, or a creative soul with a passion for decoration, you should create an interior design portfolio. An interior design portfolio is a collection of the work that you are most proud of. The portfolio provides potential clients and employers with insights into your way of working.

The objective of the interior design portfolio is to have the viewer wanting more after looking at your portfolio. Therefore, the portfolio should consist of only your best interior designs. It should moreover back up your qualifications and be self-explanatory, so that potential clients have a clear overview of your work.

When creating an interior design portfolio, three things are essential to focus on; the content you have created, how you present it, and the visual journey of your portfolio.


  • 1. Gather all your interior design content to build a digital portfolio

  • If you haven’t already got one, make a collection of all the work you’ve done. By categorizing your content, you’re making it manageable. Put all technical drawings, scribbles and sketches in one folder, and all of your finished interior designs in another.


    2. Compose your work in the best way visually

    Composing multiple designs to look good in your interior design portfolio can be challenging. This is due to the fact that interior designers usually work with different clients using various designs, shapes, and colors. How do you think the interior design of the hipster home with the blue couch will complement the penthouse with the fancy blanket? Probably not too well - but fear not.


    fancy blankets

    Our fancy blankets to fit your interior design

    Make sure the layout of your portfolio is consistent and that your work is in the center of the site. In this way, the mix of colors, designs and shapes can be used to your advantage; to showcase your diverse customer base.


    3. Showcase the process behind your interior designs

    Set up a page next to your designs that shows how you work. Explain how an idea turns into a concept, and back it up with sketches and initial designs.

    Describe what your client asked for versus what you delivered. In this way, potential clients get a chance to learn about you, and might even prepare their interior design vision to fit your workflow. When showcasing the process behind the projects in your portfolio, keep the pictures in a chronological order. This will make it easy for potential clients to envision the visual journey.


    4. Select your format for your interior design portfolio

    How are you going to present your interior design portfolio? If you’re old school, go with print and paper. If you’re modern, build a simple website that is specifically made to showcase your portfolio. A website makes it easy to take your visitors on a visual journey.


    5. Build a strong profile

    With more than 50.000 interior designers in the US alone, it is vital that you have an eye-catching first page that makes a great first impression, so that potential clients don’t move onto the next interior designer.

    Unless you’re the best interior designer in the world, your work unfortunately won’t speak for itself. Even if you are the best, it is still nice for potential clients to know who you are if they’re going to work with you. Therefore, include an introduction in your interior design portfolio. List relevant education, qualifications, experience in the field, and tell the readers why you are an interesting interior designer.


    society pillow

    Sleep well with our lovely Society pillows - find them here


    6. Show your interior design portfolio to the world

    Choose what you will, call yourself as an interior designer, and buy the domain. Launch your website showcasing your portfolio, and remember to keep your site updated with your most recent work, get feedback from friends and family, and generally maintain the site. Include your contact information, so it’s easy to get ahold of you when potential clients come across your interior design portfolio and want to do business with you.

    Written by OLIVER GUSTAV — June 11, 2018

    The chinese chair: Images of chairs we love

    Oliver Gustav shares advice on the great furniture of old China - illustrated with standout pictures and products from our very own catalogue. Furthermore you get advice on the best home decorating interior design from ancient times.

    What is a chinese chair?

    The chinese chair is a part of the classical chinese furniture, which refers to a variety of chairs, stools and more made during the Ming and Qing dynasties back in the late 14th century up to the 20th century. The best determining factors of value are materials, age and condition.

    The antique chinese chairs has become a more common and contemporary part of the Western interior during the last decades. The chairs have a slender silhouette and graceful proportions, and combined with the yoke-back style, the chairs bring both an elegant and practical part of history into classy homes all over the world.

    In the country of China the chair is well known as the “official’s hat”. This is because the chair has a shape of the crest rail. Other places it is also known as a lamp-hanger chair which originates from a ladder like structure used to hanging lamps in the homes of China.


    Chinese arm chairs


    Chinese chairs are more popular than ever

    During the years the chinese chairs has become more popular than ever. Especially in homes with a classy look and where elegance is prefered these chairs decorates homes all over the world.

    In the modern Western world old interior design furniture seems more integrated than ever. The combination of old and new gives homes a dynamic atmosphere. It is just about finding your very own combination of style.


    chinese chairs
    Pictures of authentic Chinese chairs from the 18th century. Find them in Oliver Gustav’s Copenhagen Studio.

    A chinese chair makeover

    One of the many key attributes of the yoke-back chairs is the very design of the stretches - stretches that gives support to the legs. Looking at antique Chinese general design, the stretches are stepped up. This makes one higher than the other.

    The wide center splat of the yoke-chair gives a more visible attribute. This is the vertical back support between the seat and the crest rail and is an innovation in chairs design which has led to the Western throne-like back. Back long ago in the 16th century, some Chinese yoke-back chairs were sent as a gift to the Spanish King Philip II. This seems to have been a direct inspiration to the Queen Anne style chairs that you see in Western homes.


    chinese stools
    Authentic Chinese stools from the 18th century. Find them in Oliver Gustav’s Copenhagen Studio.

    Materials of the Chinese furniture

    The classic furniture is often made from both soft and hard woods and can sometimes also be found in bamboo. With both difference in materials and condition, the price between similar looking pieces can amount a lot even though it’s from the same time period - more than thousands of dollars. This is a result of a very material-driven market in furniture. Therefore it is very precious to find chairs, which both have a great condition and the right materials.

    Find your own vintage chinese chair

    Even though these great chairs rises in value or you want to let your children inherit it, it is all up to you to decide if it fits in your home. Many of the Chinese chairs are very pricy, but still there are affordable solutions for most people. Some chairs or stools goes for around 80-100.000$ but it is also possible to find Chinese furniture with materials for less than 10.000$. It all is a question of your taste and the enjoyment of collecting Chinese furniture.

    Are you inspired? Take a look in our catalogue right here.

    Written by OLIVER GUSTAV — June 11, 2018