MIL Design & Construction

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About MIL Design & Construction

Founded in 2010, MIL Design and Construction is a Malaysia based, full-service interior architecture consultancy and design and build company that is conceived as a 'boutique design studio'. They continue to push boundaries by integrating design, technology and lifestyle. They work closely with their clients to create and rejuvenate lifestyle spaces that exude uniqueness and originality, be it residential, commercial or developers' show flats. MIL Design knows that their clients want to do something different – and they’re passionate about working with them to create spaces that truly reflect their personality and brand. Within the last four years, the company has experienced an onslaught of success and clinched a number of coveted international awards, including one for the design of a Malaysia apartment for Hollywood celebrity Mr Henry Golding of Crazy,Rich,Asian movie fame.

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Interview with MIL Design & Construction

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
Yes since young I've taken fine arts and science subjects, went on to major Arts and Technology in high school at Melbourne, Australia and eventually graduating in architecture university.
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
MIL Design is founded out of our passion to create lifestyle spaces for residential and commercial. We believe interior spaces should provide unique experiences to a person, be it in line with the brand behind it or personal home. Spaces are designed like choreographed music where a person experiences different moods as he/she walks from one space to another.
What is "design" for you?
Experience, good design should be able to provoke the inner feelings, and creating a sense of connection
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
Boutique hotels, interiors converted from a place which has a story to tell
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
We were appointed to transform a 32,000sqf of creative learning academy from a 40-year-old abandoned building. There were surprises everyday as site was progressing, due to the restrictive conditions and unbeknownst elements of the site, and such elements gave us even more creative moments to the project.
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
material: too many to mention I love all kinds of material. Its how we payer and combine materials which give us eventually creative spaccestechnology: also...all. Technology changes our lifestyle, the way we work, live, think and this in turn changes the design. So technology changes design which I think is inspiring
When do you feel the most creative?
When it is most unexpected, ideas always come. Like waiting for your meals, sitting in the taxi.Hence I always have my sketch books and sketch apps with me, all the time
Which aspects of a design do you focus more during designing?
experience, touch, ambience. Creating a hotel room which reminds you of a cozy home makes you want to come back, a cold room will not. That's the difference I think
What kind of emotions do you feel when you design?
Inspired, Learning even for each project. Every project is different
From your point of view, what are the responsibilities of a designer for society and environment?
Definitely a designer has a big responsibility....our designs sould be able to respond to the bigger context.
How do you think the "design field" is evolving? What is the future of design?
I think there are many cross-boundaries now, crossing of trades, technology.I still believe the future of design should be designed more towards the human experience, the person. Boring, mundane stuffs are interesting in view of how technology is eventually taking over
When was your last exhibition and where was it? And when do you want to hold your next exhibition?
Some of our works were exhibited in A-Award exxhibition Shenzhe. We'll like to increase more awareness of our works
Where does the design inspiration for your works come from? How do you feed your creativity? What are your sources of inspirations?
From everyday lives, from the site, from the you can say it's almost everywhere.I think inspirations are everywhere..we need to listen more and look more intently with our hearts
How would you describe your design style? What made you explore more this style and what are the main characteristics of your style? What's your approach to design?
My design style is very inspired by textures, layering of materiality, and aspiring to create a unique experience in our interior spaces.
Where do you live? Do you feel the cultural heritage of your country affects your designs? What are the pros and cons during designing as a result of living in your country?
I live in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia now. I was in Melbourne for about 8 years, and spent my earlier childhood in a small colonial town called Ipoh in Malaysia. Yes the environment affects my designs, Malaysia is a tropical country and my outdoor/semi-outdoor spaces are crucial in my designs, as well as coolness, ventilation, play of lights. Resort living design is a key element in malaysia so my designs do have many references to resort lifestyle and beach living
How do you work with companies?
I have many projects where our company collaborate with architecture companies and engineer companies abroad. We are the key concept designers and the local company of the country is the project company overseeing all project management. This collaboration provides clients the most comprehensive approach.
What are your suggestions to companies for working with a designer? How can companies select a good designer?
Companies can look at portfolios and speak directly to the key design director. Grasping the clients' needs and wishlist is very important and it rrally depends on the design director to be able to do this.
Can you talk a little about your design process?
We start by sketches, looking up references and putting together mood boards based on clients' briefs.
What are 5 of your favorite design items at home?
lounge chair, table lamp, rug, chopping board, ceramic plates, fountain pens. Sorry that's six...
Can you describe a day in your life?
Wake up, coffee, check mails, site, office to go through designs, coffee, check on new products, designs from online and social media, work, speak with clients or meetings
Could you please share some pearls of wisdom for young designers? What are your suggestions to young, up and coming designers?
Always keep trying and listen to many different ideas no matter where or from who they come from
From your perspective, what would you say are some positives and negatives of being a designer?
Positive is definitely the satisfaction to create something. Negative is the endless and irregular hours and less family time
Who are some of your clients?
property developers who range from Cambodia, Maldive, Malaysia, individual home owners
What type of design work do you enjoy the most and why?
I enjoy all types, but furniture design is one of them. Intricate detailing is more interesting
What are your future plans? What is next for you?
I hope MIL Design is able to expand to more boutique projects abroad especially in resort living designs
Do you have any works-in-progress being designed that you would like to talk about?
Yes, we are designing an urban apartment hotel interiors in Maldive, a lobby and common facilities area for a mixed development in Kuala Lumpur, some individual houses and apartments
How can people contact you?
My email and phone contacts are in our website and social media,
Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
I also want to mention that budget and design always work hand in hand, and it is crucial to maximize creativity as an interior designer within the client's budget.

Extended Interview with MIL Design & Construction

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
I've been sketching ever since 4 years old in growing up in a small town called Ipoh in Malaysia, occasionally using pencil and watercolor on old buildings. Then I moved to Melbourne, Australia majoring in fine arts and physics in high school and then completed a 5 year degree course in architecture in Royal Melbourne of Institute Technology University (RMIT), Melbourne, Australia. After interning in Tokyo with Edward Suzuki Associates and a couple of work stints in construction in Melbourne, I moved back to Malaysia to begin my career in interior architecture
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
Everything around me. I like to imagine spaces, and create something out of nothing. Textures, Lights, Spaces, colors, forms and people's behaviour are some of the things which motivate me.
Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
Definitely it has been my dream ambition since young. It is also influenced by my late father, himself an architect, and my mother and uncle who were both fans of carpentry and crafts. You can say I grew up being surrounded by people who loved designs.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I design spaces, from residential to institutional public spaces to hotels, offices and also furnitures. I wish to design more hotels as I love the idea of designing lifestyles for people to enjoy
What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
A great designer always tries to learn from past projects, and listen (to critics, himself, ene-users of the designs). A great designer is always critical of his designs and constantly improving on ti
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
I believe a design is good if it touches your heart, provokes your inner feeling. It should create that unique connection the moment you see it.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
In interior design a good design has that wow effect that could just touch your heart. It suits you, the way you live or use the space. It gives you a connection and gives you comfort, almost like eating good wholesome food. In this day of the modern stressful world, good designs are part of your life and provides you a holistic way of living
What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
I would like to design my own home if I had the time. An architect's own home is always never finished and one of the biggest challenges to complete.
What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
I would like to work on a readapted use and refurbished heritage or listed buildings, especially pre-war buildings. It would be my dream to convert the usage to be a hotel cum meditation space
What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
My secret recipe is to work very, very hard and keep on trying. Designs can only be perfected by drawing many many variants before selecting the best one. Nobody can achieve good designs at the first attempt of each project
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
A few of my university tutors who themselves are award-winning designers, my ex employers Edward Suzuki and Chan Soo Kian who were both acclaimed architects and masters like Mies van der rohe and Peter Zumthor
What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
For current designers I am now loving a couple of designs by Neri & Hu
What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
My greatest design is a little apartment which I designed for Mr Henry Goulding, a movie celebrity actor. He was one of the most adventurous clients we had had and the whole design process was inspiring attempting new design forms, a daring interplay of textures and materials. It was a refurbishment of a 40-year-old apartment and while maintaning the old facade, the interior space was totally stripped and redone in a raw exposed way. I loved the idea of keeping the raw concrete structures and merging the old and new. Materials were treated in an exposed, honest way like almost inspired by Brutalism. The final outcome was a unique mix of kitsch contemporary with chic vintage accents
How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
I think people should see and read more, travel more, and teach more. For myself I try to contribute back to university, giving my time whenever i can to internship programs and attending school crit panel sessions. When I teach I learn more and improve more
How do you define design, what is design for you?
Design is combining form and function. It is aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, touches the feelings and fulfills the usage
What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
Not being able to fulfill aesthetic and functional needs of a design, not understanding the emotional aspects of designs, not understanding the people and place making of the site
What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
Among some of the works we are working on are a couple of show homes, a serviced apartment in Maldive and a refurbished heritage hotel in Malaysia
What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
We are able to fulfill each project's brief in a holistic manner, not just functional and aesthetical but also emotional aspects.
Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
Projects like instituitional common areas, hotels and high-end residential. There are alot of opportunity to use various textures and concepts. For residential the projects are designed for people's lifestyles and it is very satisfying when people come back to you to tell you that they live better or sleep better with your designs.
How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
It depends on the scale and client's requirements. Some takes up to 2 years with the brief changing, some are 3 to 6 months.
When you have a new design project, where do you start?
I start with seeing the site and talking to the client, the people to whom I am designing for.
What is the role of technology when you design?
technology is very crucial. Our designs always combine technology with design as technology has now becoming a part of our everyday life.With the recent covid pandemic technology will be playing a bigger role
What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
Colors, materials and ambients are key in design, as I've earlier said, I aim to provoke the inner feelings through touch,feel, sight
What do you wish people to ask about your design?
I wish people will ask many questions. Then it is proof that the designs have evoked their curiosity.
Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
Many people. I love talking to people and what I learn from each one of them does influence the way I think and design, from the baker who bakes at the cafe to the high-networth investment savvy client
What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
color: all colors are my favourite place: chiangmai, thailand food: chinese dumplings season: spring and autumn thing: too many to mention brand: various
Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
I find it amusing when i was designing the apartment of Henry Goulding, when we were out with him for furniture scouting people on the streets kept stopping him (or us) for photographs. For once even we felt like mini celebrities. Talk about being such a popular movie actor.
What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
When the client comes to you personally to say thank you and how the designs we did had made his or her day.
When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
Yes it was obvious that I would become a good designer. Nor sure about the great part, i still have along way to go
What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
technology, no people to people relationship, coldness. hence today we should design with as much emotions as we could. People are already now talking less, typing more, talking to screens and not another human being

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