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By Zenoyise Madikwa | May 12, 2010 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

LISEBO Mokhesi, co-owner of INK Design Lab, says the possibility of turning something ordinary into something quite extraordinary is what drives her passion for interior decoration.

Mokhesi is one of the country's leading black interior designers. Her company has won numerous awards and accolades.

INK Design Lab was chosen by Absolut Designers Pavilion as among the five leading designers who will participate in the Rooms on View, an interior decor exhibition that will be held from May 27 to 30 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

Rooms on View is in its ninth year and is the premier event for showcasing the best South African décor and design.

"Being chosen as one of the participants by Absolut is humbling and exciting at the same time," Mokhesi says.

"Absolut is a major brand with a well-known association with the arts, fashion and ground-breaking design in general. So we at INK feel quite privileged to have been selected."

Born and bred in Vereeniging, Mokhesi's love for interior decoration was inspired by her parents "who instilled the value of applying myself in everything I do".

"They taught me that there really are no short cuts to lasting success," she recalls, adding that all art, fashion and nature inspires her.

Mokhesi, whose specialties are commercial and residential decor, works with both celebrities and ordinary people.

She says that her company has been fortunate to have two interior design projects profiled in the Andrew Martin International Design Review, 2009, an international publication that profiles leading interior designers from all over the world.

The journal has featured INK Design Lab's work on the Melrose Arch office project.

What makes her organisation different from other interior design companies?

Mokhesi says her company offers "well-thought-out, bespoke solutions to real issues that affect how people live and feel in the spaces they occupy.

"We are passionate about design in all aspects. We have a wealth of experience and expertise in helping people realise their vision.

"We will often look to various aspects of modern life for inspiration and to start the dialogue - it could be someone's interesting personal history or unique point of view, high fashion, art, nature, music or history.

"We love to bring excitement and beauty to design. The object of desire or the space created, must have a lasting quality and positive impact on those who will use it," Mokhesi says.

Their portfolio is very wide and includes commercial as well as residential projects.

"We are principally a design firm but with an appreciation for the commercial aspects, including time and budgetary constraints," she says.

For up-and-coming interior decorators Mokhesi's advise is: be realistic "because it is not all glamorous".

She says people should not work harder but smarter.

"Value quality and service to your client above all else, but also learn from your mistakes, because you will make many in this industry before you become good."



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