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Interior design opening doors for young Cambodians

Nara Cheng / Khmer Times Share:
Interior designers are in demand for many businesses. Supplied

Year after year, the standard living for locals in Cambodia, and in particular those in Phnom Penh, is improving.

New types of property are changing Cambodian lifestyles, such as new standards of commercial buildings, office towers and co-working spaces, supermarkets, malls, entertainment venues and modern residential developments.

These structures offer proof of an increasingly modern lifestyle being adopted by the people of Cambodia.

As the standard of people’s lifestyle rises, Cambodian property buyers are demonstrating an increasing demand for properties of a high standard and high quality.

Accordingly, the business competition between property developers and designers in the nation is rising fast.

These days we can also see more youth in Cambodia fresh out of school joining the business sector, bringing with them ambition, innovation and a high level of commitment to their personal and business success.

One such business sector being joined by more and more young entrepreneurs is interior design, as the demand for such services grows year on year.

Starting a small business in the interior design industry is particularly attractive to the young business sector in Cambodia because entering the market comes with very little risk, compared with some other professions.

A young designer can easily get a contract for the redesign of a restaurant, entertainment venue or home without a large portfolio of projects under their name and without the need for a lot of start-up capital.

Assisting them is the growing popularity of the interior design sector across Cambodia.

Mavaly Chhoeum, 25, one of the senior staff from Studio INT in Phnom Penh, said: “Most of our interior design and construction projects are venues such as boutique clothes shops, restaurants, spas and many more places like this.

“Clients usually likes the contemporary concepts and try to make their spaces a bit more modern.

“Interior design is in high demand in the Cambodian market these days and competition is getting tough.

“It is important to travel to learn new things as much as you can, and always be creative and not a copycat.

“The interior design business and construction have become more and more popular in Cambodia.”

Heang Venvitou, the co-owner of Sathapanak Design and Construction, said interior design projects involve managing the creation of unique, attractive and livable spaces inside buildings.

The design might follow trends of local taste or import standards of modern lifestyles through design from other countries around the world.

Functionality must always be considered too, he said.

A good interior designer will leave their signature on the place they remodel, he added.

Sathapanak has a collection of projects like boutique clothing store AXARA, Kobe Restaurant, a spa, a bank, villa and a condo.

As for the materials they use, they generally import them from Thailand, Vietnam, while some material is sourced locally.

Interior design is driven by a passion to create something new, and given this aim, young Khmer business people with fresh ideas are perfectly suited to catch the market share in this business sector.

Before Cambodia needed to import human resources in interior design from other countries, especially from the neighbouring countries of Vietnam and Thailand, but now young interior designers are demonstrating that this is a local industry of great worth and reliability and one with many opportunities.

Nara Cheng is a Content writer @ Realestate.com.kh

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