Our established interior design team joined dhk in 2006, bringing more than 20 years of experience in the commercial interior design field to the company. The interior design studio operates under the same roof as dhk architecture and urban design studios in order to provide support and shared expertise.
dhk’s interior design projects range from corporate and commercial offices, with a focus on the financial services, legal profession and international contact centres, to retail stores, restaurants and luxury hotels. Projects are located throughout South Africa, with several exclusive hotels situated further afield in Namibia and the Seychelles.
The quality of dhk’s interior design work is evidenced by a high percentage of repeat business and longstanding professional relationships, and a reputation for design that measures up to international standards. dhk’s passion for designing high-performing interior spaces is embodied by a solid reputation for creating commercial environments that are positive and productive work spaces, enhance productivity, reduce staff turnover, and in turn stimulate business opportunities.
A number of talented individuals with international experience and strong background in both project management and creative design constitute the dhk interior design studio, has offices in Cape Town and Johannesburg. The studio is led by four directors who are backed by a number of highly skilled associates on both the design and project management sides. Managing Director, Trevor Shapiro runs the business side of the company with Financial Director Fiona Bubear. Design Director Guido Tagge, who is based in the Cape Town office, heads up all aspects of design and Project Director Adele Maritz, based in the Johannesburg office, oversees project management. A dedicated support team of interior designers, project managers, 3D visualisers, technologists, in-house graphic designers, public relations, administrative and support staff ensures that each project delivers on the company’s reputation for design excellence.
dhk offers a turnkey business solution by strategically partnering with clients in order to understand their business needs and vision. In so doing the client’s business ethos and professional culture is translated into a successful design solution. Dedicated project management ensures that the project is implemented according to the creative vision, and adheres to the budget and deadlines.
The preliminary design process, led by a designated interior architect, involves an assessment of a client’s requirements, including site selection and advice on the condition of existing infrastructure. This is followed by a conceptual design phase that involves space planning, design of bespoke items, selection of furniture, fittings and equipment, and may also include ergonomics, workflow, brand exposure and development. Conceptual designs are presented to the client in 3D visualisations. The design development process involves coordination of additional consultants where required, and achievement of all statutory approvals prior to construction. A focus on environmental sustainability and a healthy interior environment forms the foundation for choices of materials, products and fittings.
The implementation and project management is meticulously managed by a dedicated project manager who provides hands on supervision, management of the construction team, and rigorous quality control. A systems based approach to the management of the project ensures a proper flow of information and processes. Project planning and programming involves compilation of budgets, cost control, cash flow planning, value engineering and cost benchmarking. Attention is paid to health and safety requirements and quality assurance. The project manager will also manage additional consultants, and the tendering and procurement process. Site management and controlling sub contractors is essential to success, as is assisting with change and move management. Lastly, assistance with landlord liaison and advice on the terms of lease relating to fit-out can prove invaluable.
dhk’s holistic approach to providing a full interior design solution from creative concept to final completion ensures the creation of a quality business asset for the client.