A Forty Year Passion for Interior Design
The story of Avanti Interior Design of Columbia SC begins with Guy Sullivan, whose passion for design began in art classes at Columbia’s Cardinal Newman High School. After graduation, he began his career in the quintessential 1970s setting: a waterbed store. His company manufactured the beds, and began selling other furnishings to gain incremental sales. They sold high end, modern architectural lines were new for Columbia at the time.
As the market grew, Guy worked to expand his design knowledge to more effectively sell the product and service the client. So, with a combination of university extension art and design courses, voracious reading, and learning by doing – both at the drawing board and on the showroom floor – a design expert emerged.
Avanti Interior Design: Moving Ahead
Guy began his interior design practice in 1981 and named it Avanti – Italian for forward, ahead, out in front. Since that time the Avanti team has grown to serve design clients in both high end residential and commercial settings. These include corporate and professional offices and law firms, as well as a specialty in medical and dental practices.
“Getting the Bones Right” in Interior Design
Avanti has a philosophy of “getting the bones right.” That means drawing on years of interior design experience to know what works, and what doesn’t. It means that form should follow function. It’s a design that is attractive but also highly functional. Avanti believes that a pretty space pleases the eye, but when it also improves efficiency and workflow, it becomes beautiful.
Listening to the Client, Delivering Results
Avanti recognizes a hierarchy in professional design, with the client first and foremost. What are the client’s tastes and desires, their interior design wish list? Second, the designer. It’s our task to balance the clients’ wish list with solid, dynamic design principles. We find a way to interpret their wishes, or we work toward compromise. Finally, the building. What will this structure allow us to do? We test its limitations, stretch its boundaries, and develop creative solutions.
Design that Inspires, Innovates and Delivers
Avanti strives to present a higher standard of interior design, to gain consensus with the client and the contractor, and then sets out to achieve it. The result is an interior design that works; one that delivers on the promises made in the renderings. Utilizing decades if talent, vision and experience, Avanti Interior Design of Columbia SC can propel your image and productivity forward, put you out in front, and place you ahead of your competitors. Contact us to learn more.