For my #GemsxJoy interview series, we chat with Simour’s Mitra Silva about Healing Design.
“Every healing space starts with an intention,” designer Mitra Silva graciously asserts. This statement seems akin to a mantra, as it influences how she found her passion for medical interior design as well as how she approaches a project. “Time after time, I found myself in medical and dental offices that were dreary or poorly lit or in disrepair. Instead of a comforting space, I was often in rooms that made me anxious or uncomfortable. This was how my vision began, as a patient.” Just as the mind can’t be separated from the body, the person can’t be separated from the environment. So Mitra created Simour Design to literally design spaces that exist to amplify our health. For this installment of the #GemsxJoy interview series, Mitra shares her thoughts on space, healing design, communication and more.
What’s something you discovered about yourself, or your talents, once you became a professional designer?
- I have to be patient.
- The world is kinder than what I thought. I have all my team and clients to support me.
- There is so much opportunity in this world to grow and become better; it is a world of abundance.
- Healing through space is a major shift of perspective for so many people. There is such a great need to create awareness around how we can be healed through our space.
How can design be healing?
Healing means different things to different people, but anything that promotes joy, celebration, and positive transformation is healing. Healing design is being intentional, using the right lighting and fresh indoor air quality — anything and everything that supports health and wellbeing supports us to become the best version of ourselves. From our health and joy, it is in every step — selecting colors, space planning, ergonomics, and creating a space that is sustainable to our planet earth.
The simour is a beautiful symbol offering a lovely perspective on wellness. As a designer, how do you think our societal symbols and iconography shape our narratives about health and healing?
Every word and shape has wisdom and meaning behind it. By being intentional, what resonates with our heart is the most is aligned with our vision and mission. That’s what we have to go for. This is not easy, at least not for us. It took so many years to prepare to receive it. It must resonate and is more of a dance than just a thinking process. Health and healing is more of feeling, checking with your intuition, understanding who you are, and drawing the shape or words that align with it.
When it comes to design, how do you help clients discover what they need over what they want?
Communication is #1. Before we even dive into design, we establish a level of trust. When there’s trust, then there’s a communication versus opinion. Sometimes, what they want is not necessarily what they need. When there is trust, they understand to rely on our expertise and rely on the map and the path. We help them by drawing the picture by the picture they want and work backwards with 3D Renderings, direction of who they want to serve, and branding or message through design. If you want this specific message, this is the design that ties with it. We help them to connect those dots.
Any simple tips for people who want to bring healing design into their home or office?
Lighting, decluttering, and adding a touch of color that resonates with you and promotes healing or joy in them.
What is something about yourself that you have relearned several times?
I have relearned that I am more capable than I could ever comprehend. Every time a challenge arises, I think I can’t… but then I can handle this. I learned this lesson over and over in my life.
What’s a design element or idea that you wish got implemented into more public spaces and why?
Simplicity. It gives us a chance to bring our own beauty to the outside world.
What are 3 books you think everyone should read?
by Bruce Patton, Douglas Stone, and Sheila Heen
by Marie Kondo
by Mike Michalowicz
Who are some of your favorite people to follow on Instagram for daily wisdom?
Oprah Winfrey, Sarah Blakely, and Rachel Hollis
Discover more about Mitra Silva and Simour Design through the links below.