Inventive Design offers an array of unique and valuable sustainable interior design services and product lines to Northeastern Indiana, Northwestern Ohio, and Southern Michigan area.
Inventive Design is a pioneer in our local community, also offering educational seminars and lectures to the public and the A&D community.
Inventive Design is led by professional interior designer Natalie Mendez.
Natalie has over 15 years of professional experience as an Interior Designer. She has worked on multiple projects for both residential and commercial applications, including multi-million dollar corporate and government projects, such as XM Satellite Radio, the Egyptian Embassy, Homeland Security, Air Force One, The White House, and the Pentagon’s Phoenix Project for reconstruction after 9/11. In her portfolio she has worked on many aspects of design from hospitality, corporate, healthcare, residential, international, and sustainable design.
Natalie has traveled to over 30 countries and US territories. She has partaken in two study abroad programs in Central America and in Europe and taught abroad. She has studied ancient and contemporary art, architecture, culture, and design to help assist in project and teaching with a more global view.
Natalie is deeply passionate and supportive of her profession and has started a non-profit organization to “spread the word” and educate the general public what is “Interior Design”. The organization WIDM, “Why Interior Design Matters”, has been published in numerous magazines, blogs, and websites along with being supported globally by multiple professional organizations and interior design leaders. She sincerely tries to give back to her profession and community by volunteering considerable amount of time and effort in hopes to inspire and bring about positive change for the profession.
Natalie is committed to education and to helping the next generation of Interior Designers reach the highest levels of professionalism. She has worked as the Program Chair for the School of Design of the Los Angeles Westwood campus, and has also taught graduate level at UCLA and undergraduate level Interior Design courses at several colleges and universities. She holds both a BA and a MA in Interior Design from Marymount University.
She is a LEED Accredited Professional and the company is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. She has been selected as one of the reviewers for the Greenbuild 2012. She has NCIDQ certification and holds professional educator membership status with both ASID and IIDA and a registered Interior Designer in the State of Indiana. She is both the Student Affairs Chair and Social Networking Chair for the ASID Indiana Chapter. She has been nominated as the ASID Indiana Chapter President-Elect 2013. The ASID Indiana Chapter awarded her in 2012, “Outstanding Contribution to the Advancement of the Interior Design Profession”. She is also an active member of the Interior Design Educators Council and was awarded the IDEC Graduate Scholar Award, IDEC Service Award, and holds the Social Networking Chair position for IDEC.