مقابلة المصممه بيبي حيات


Our designer today proved herself in design world through her distinctive taste in the design of events and weddings she didn’t stop in this field only she continued her major by opening her own bakery “November” a flower, home accessories and gifts shop our interview today is with the designer Bibi Hayat we will highlight her path and work experience Bibi Hayat people know you from your shop November but also you have a flower shop gift shop and you are events and wedding designer in this interview, we will concentrate more on the designer side your work in weddings and events in hotels or houses but at the beginning, we want to know how did Bibi start? where did she study? how did she start? in order to reach where she is today I studied in American University of Beirut at the beginning I didn’t know what to study I only know that I love design and from high school I used to organise events and graduation ceremonies and all events that happen in high school I found my self in this, but in 2000 there wasn’t a specific major for it and if there used to be, you had to study and I didn’t want to work in hotels neither tourism I wanted the design side again because I didn’t use to know what to study, my dad advised me to study something I love like fine arts and then after the four years bachelor decide what you want take courses you want this helped me a lot because at the beginning instead of knowing only design I did educational psychology this helped me a lot how to talk with my clients to explore them and know their personalities for example, they want to say things but they don’t know how to express or describe so I feel that this helped me a lot even in this period of time (4 years and half) that was in Beirut Lebanese people have design they have motivation, hospitality. They have hospitality, they are generous they know how to talk When you go to any simple house in Lebanon, where they invite you for dinner they prepare the dinner in very beautiful way they get flowers from the garden and they put it on dining table and organised the dinner, this was the start of how to organise events and parties in budgets, that are small, where you have to work on color combination how to start designing in university days, I had some time at last year so I worked in events company they want ribbon from the same flower color, I had to go and get this color I learned about suppliers, colors, bargaining I learned all this during the year that I was working in so I guess this is how I started my career this was all in Beirut? yes it was all in Beirut what did you do when you came back to Kuwait? I came back to Kuwait for two weeks, and then I decided to go to London for six months in London, I took small interior design classes two major classes of flower arrangement, one was two months and two months flower arrangements and how to design your work if you want to open a flower shop it is to learn about suppliers, flowers, from tropical to european, to oriental each one has its own specific thermostat in fridge cutting flowers, arranging flowers, I learned all these thing from A to Z and I learned time management in flowers arrangements when you have a wedding and you have 8 hours to design 50 bouquets you have one day to design this, because the flowers have life time so its how to time manage this everything was by coincidence, I didn’t go for research or anything, I was in London I found this course suitable for me, the teacher attracted me and I wanted to learn from him his style is similar to mine after that I came back to Kuwait and I worked Al Rayah and then Le Notre My work experience was for three years and half till I decided to open my own company in Al Rayah, I was design cooperator in events and parties al Rayah building wasn’t open yet, so all preparation was for the first party I learned all steps that wedding planner do behind the scenes I saw what is correct and what is not I learned without making my own mistakes and then I worked in Le Notre as an interior designer, if there is a valentine’s day occasion for example national day, new year, they want to change the look of the building I used to I was their own decorator from 2004 till 2007, it was the time for events and occasions people invest a lot in parties they used to bring international designers from Preston Bailey to french designers to biggest companies in Lebanon the beauty is that I saw these parties and I learned from them and in Le Notre I learned catering through design and what was trendy and worlwide and at the same time I love food and catering so Although Bibi Hayat didn’t study design as a university major look at how she discovered and developed talent you took courses about interior design when you were in London for six months how much you see this gave you benefits why did you decide to take courses in interior design and not in wedding or events planning because I know that there are specific courses that are only for events planning I used to take an online class from GW, which was about events planning I took it online, but I didn’t see these courses beneficial for Kuwaiti or Gulf countries culture they talk about things that are related only to western mentality like weddings in church and after the church what happens? this was all not for our culture nothing was similar to the Kuwaiti culture, so I did it by organising many things I took advantage from these courses something which I didn’t think about it before we are 50 people working on wedding in a tent from where we have to get food, and what time we have to let them eat? how this affects that by 8 we should finish everything related to the wedding I benefited from these things, why I decided to take interior design? because at that time I wasn’t that confident from myself to be a wedding planner I didn’t know what my future will be I love furniture and decor what helped me is the decision that: Bibi you can’t be a designer! I have to finish a project in a short term not like interior designers where they work on long term projects for months I prefer to have deadlines and project submission and interior design needs an engineering background which I don’t have so I decided to go for events I go and see interior design exhibition, flowers, I love furniture, When we say interior designer means dealing with clients where we are giving this client his dream house you are giving them their dream day how do you deal with clients? of course the couple under stress a customer that intervenes a lot vs a customer that doesn’t intervenes what are the characteristics of clients where you are sure that you will do an excellent wedding where you get the bride satisfied I always remind myself that I do this work frequently where the bride that is coming to be is doing her wedding for the first time in her life! this is something stressful and it is hard! specially that our culture evaluates you from your wedding, and they remember you from your wedding what did you do in your wedding, so I feel that this is stressful at the end! so from the first interview, I try to know them, I don’t enter in the details of the wedding immediately what does she want? what is the look that the bride wants? which theme she likes? and then from the psychology I took I will know what she wants, and I ask the client to get me seven pictures not more for what she likes the bride can’t show me 100 pictures of pinterest it is only seven pictures and the bride should know what she likes in every picture in addition, I ask for three wedding pictures that not her style at all! she can give me wedding photos, or interior design photos or a hotel lobby I ask them to go for interior pictures before going to wedding photos because when they get wedding photos, then this means that the wedding is going to be repeated! which I don’t like to do that I like to make the wedding like a couture “custom-made for this bride” if Farah came to me and wants this wedding, then this is Farah’s wedding not Bibi’s wedding. I have done my wedding, now I have to know what you want and I do the wedding my way because I can see weddings from bigger picture if the client is confident in me, then I can create if I feel the client stressed, then I won’t be able to give her something 100% to work on more than one project is something hard specially that every project needs special management, specially from marketing side which social media you use for marketing? Bibi’s events with the economical crisis of course not all people are able to spend money on weddings which social media applications you use for marketing and does November and all your other fields help you to market Bibi Hayat as a wedding planner? I like to keep November and Bibi Hayat events separately I don’t like them to be the same, why? because November is for every body you can take November to any house the events specially in the last two or three years I knew my style and my style doesn’t work in all Kuwait I have a special style in design because you have a business and you need to cover up salaries for your employees I don’t mind when someone asks for a classical wedding or moroccan moroccan style is not my style, there are other wedding planners that are more in moroccan style I will pass this client to someone who is more into this style where this person has background about the style and he has the tools and furniture ready for it for marketing, I feel that every wedding has its style and represents that clients Thank God, thanks to social media we don’t have to market ourselves where you have snapchat and instagram it is expanding more than any other way before, we used to put it on magazines and we used to pay around 2000 KD and it didn’t used to reach people like how 1 snap can do nowadays before we end our interview people want to get benefits from Bibi’s touches in design so we will do two things we will do a garden and dining table for your visitors which style will you do for the coming segments? today we will do mexican latin buffet because I don’t see this style a lot in our culture last year we worked a lot on mediterranean buffets, turkish, lebanese, damascus and everyone used to do the same thing. Now we have winter coming so let’s change a bit latin food, tacos and guacamole are a trend nowadays in America in their fine dining, so let’s do something similar this is for the dining table, what about the home garden? the home garden will be in how to take your own furniture and use it as a cozy seating for your friends like 4 to 6 girls coming to visit you at last minute you won’t be able to bring an events company to design for you your home garden so it is how to bring your furniture in your garden in a beautiful way

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