PROFESSIONALINTERIORDESIGNER loves to see people give away interior design service. Makes me feel proud of my profession and I just can’t wait to tell my students how valued their knowledge and skills are in the real world. Oh and this free stuff will really make the general public appreciate our value to society in a way that will make our efforts to license the practice of interior design a mere formality…NOT!
But seriously I understand people have to work and if you have to work for one of these companies I hope that as the interior designer you had no say in this particular business model. What IIDA and ASID in particular need to do is to take a public stand against free interior design service. This is why interior designers pay membership dues. Hello!
P.S. Now that I have struck a nerve with a couple of folks let me add that the only time a professional should provide Pro-Bono service is for those that truly need the service but may not be able to afford such service. If we devalue the service by giving it away then it is worthless. Got it?
P.P.S. I firmly support that interior decoration service should be free because the goal of decoration is to sell stuff. If you did not sell furniture, surface finishes and ornamentation or art and accessories then there is no decoration. Got it? Good!