De Souza - Interior Designer - Johannesburg, GP, South Africa

Michael De Souza

Johannesburg, GP, South Africa


I am an ambitious, creative and dedicated young designer eager to gain experience in a creative environment. Good sense of initiative, ability to set priorities and work under pressure.
Having 1 years’ experience in Kitchen Design, Custom built Units, Furniture and Detailing.

I am now looking for a new and challenging position within design, one which will make best use of my creative and conceptualizing skills to further my personal and professional development.


Interior Designer


Kitchen Design

Work History

Interior Designer

QF Designs/Bakos Kitchens

From April 2014

To supply and install High End Kitchens,BIC,Vanities, Bars and Custom Made Furniture

• QF Designs works in conjunction with Bakos Brothers -manufacture some of the furniture and QF Designs Forms part of Bakos Kitchens, Responsible for the Design, Manfacturing and Installation of the Kitchen
• To provide creative solutions and designs to meet the client’s needs and requirements
• Dealing with the Client and other Designers,Architects, Builders
• Ordering and checking resources and purchasing of Equipment/Materials
• Site Meetings
• Travelling to African Countries - I was responsible for the Design work, measuring and ensuring that the client is happy

Project Assistant/Junior Project Manager

First Cool Airconditioning

January 2010 - March 2014

To supply, install and maintain medium to large air conditioning systems.• Tenders
• Quotes
• Ordering and checking resources and purchasing of Equipment/Materials
• Compiling Operating & Maintenance Manuals
• Assisting on Health and Safety


Mixed Kitchen Designs

These are a few of the Kitchens I have designed. One or two has been approved and is in the process of construction while others were just Proposed Designs for clients.

Kitchen Design

House Inanda


Near to the city centre of Johannesburg in Joubert Park is the Johannesburg Art Gallery (JAG) which houses works by Rodin, Dante, Gabriel Rossetti, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Camille Pissarro, Edgar Degas and Henry Moore as well as a comprehensive South African collection that includes the works of Gerard Sekoto, Alexis Preller, Maud Sumner, Sydney Kumalo and Ezrom Legae. It is housed in a building designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, with extensions designed by Meyer Pienaar architects (Now Co-Arc International Architects).
The Gallery is in need of repair, and there is a drive to make it more accessible to all people, and encourage greater participation in the activities of the gallery. The Gallery used to house a coffee shop on the upper level. This has closed and the gallery has earmarked a new space for a coffee shop. You are to redesign this area to create a vibrant contemporary space which will serve as a coffee shop by day and a social space by night, incorporating a bar for exhibition openings. The space is to engage with the surrounding community, as well as the community of the greater Johannesburg area. International visitors should experience the vibrancy of the South African culture when visiting the space. You may use some of the modern or contemporary art housed or exhibited in the gallery as inspiration.

Conceptual Design for Retail

You have been approached by an International client that has signed a 5 year lease in Sandton City Shopping Mall. The new store concept needed to be an exciting forward thinking evolution of an existing successful High-End Retail Brand. The Concept Store needed to appeal to a fashion conscious customer and a customer who wants to feel inspired. The target market is aimed at mid to high income earners and discerning their purchases, wanting quality and an environment that excites them.
The space needs to have interactive elements so that the customer is able to engage with the store. The concept store must take customers on a journey through the store from an attractive shopfront to an inviting threshold and once across the threshold, it must entice customers to browse through all areas of the store before finally making an exciting purchase.

Qualifications & Certifications

BA Interior Design

Greenside Design Center

Dr Joahn Jurgens

Brakpan High

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