ID Connections

An interview with Registered Member, Karl Travis.

Published by Patrick Voisin, March 06, 2017.

IDC: What was your first interior design project?
Karl: Straight out of design school and into the workforce at YabuPushelberg in Toronto, my first project was with the iconic Tiffany's & Co. fine jewelry floor renovation! Worked with a fantastic team there at YP!

IDC: What was the biggest lesson you learned from it?
Karl: My biggest lesson learned from that project was that all the fine points contribute to the end product. Basically, “It’s all in the details”. I also learned that perfection takes time and in this case a team of designers. There were a lot of drawings done by a number of people at different levels (Firm owners, team leaders, senior/ intermediate/ junior designers, CAD technicians, marketing department, support staff) that contributed to an amazing end product.

IDC: How have you grown as a professional since?
Karl: Taking the time to realize that if things are done right the first time, then there are fewer issues later. I also learned not to spend too much time worrying about some of the small things. I kind of contradicted myself there, didn’t I? Concentrate on what’s important, and at Hager Design International, I need to relay that experience every day in this office.

IDC: Why did you take the project?
Karl: I personally, did not “take the project”. It was the work of Glenn Pushelberg and George Yabu that had the vision to entice the iconic Tiffany’s & Co to create an updated, contemporary version of itself.

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