Working at K I S H
19 February 2011
Thank you to all the good and passionate people who worked at K I S H.
Posted in Blog By Isabel Gatuslao On February 19th, 2011 1 Comment
When I was studying at the PSID (Philippine School of Interior Design), I heard about the job opening at Kish and I applied for the position they called “interior consultant” but I really was just a super cool sales girl with a steel tape. You gotta start somewhere and I’m glad I put in the hours because the only way to know how to deal with people is to be that person you have to deal with. Am I making sense here? So anyway, I got the job (yay) and I juggled clients, class, homework and wearing heels at Kish. Why did I stress myself out that way? Because I wanted to be inspired everyday. Kish is a breeding ground for breakthrough ideas in the Philippine design scene and while I was working there, I met the best architects, sculptors, painters, interior designers. A lot of them are still good friends, some even clients.
Kish was also featured in Wallpaper magazine as one of the very few Filipino stores with good branding. I think they used the word “forward” or “global.” That’s a big deal man. A big deal.
The best part of course was working for Ito Kish. I s**t you negative, this guy is the most obsessive compulsive designer on the planet. I’m not gonna lie to you, every time he’d come to the store, I’d get a little scared because everything should be squeaky clean, the hangers that hold all the sample fabrics should be equally spaced from each other, and labels & tags should be in perfect condition. He takes care of his store the way an overprotective father is to his unica hija. Watching him in action is also inspiring. He knows exactly where things should go, he works so fast and before you know it… voila! The perfect window display is right before your eyes. Can’t be that easy noh? Well he makes it look that easy.
Another thing I learned is to never judge anyone based on their appearance because the people who spend for good design don’t even look it.
The few months that I worked at Kish taught me so much. I sometimes wish I could go back and work there for a couple of days just so I could interact with people who love design. People would come in and get excited over a Panton chair or a Balinese door. They’re like me! I go berserk when I see a beautiful side table or a logotype with impeccable kerning (the boyfriend would know, I feel bad that has to put up with my odd obsessions). It’s the best feeling to meet people who are like you on a daily basis. It’s like that Blind Melon video with the bee girl that ends up in a field of so many other bee people after feeling like the only bee person in the world.
I could go on and on about what I learned but there’s nothing like taking in those lessons yourself and you’re in luck because they’ve got job openings now! It doesn’t matter if you’re an industrial, interior, graphic or web designer. Design is design is design. Massimo Vignelli once said, “If you can design one thing, you can design everything.” They also say that experience is the best teacher, so go forth and get some experience!
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