'DESIGNER TALKS HOME' INTERVIEW SERIES: CAROLA VANNINI
KNQ Associates (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mar 24, 2011
was born in Rome in 1973; she graduated with a degree in Architecture from Rome “La Sapienza”. She continued her practical education by working in the architecture and design industry in other major international cities including New York and Paris.
Carola’s approach to design stems from her diverse international experiences and respect for the use of existing contemporary architectural languages. Her design strikes a balance between the best of old and new. Her projects are always approached with a careful eye to the clients’ aesthetic and functional needs, involving them in the entire creative process, up to the furniture and detailed design. This creates unique, coherent and personalized architectures.
What drew you to the architectural and design industry? Is that original fascination still alive within you today?
I have always been a creative person. To study architecture was really a very natural choice to me. Since my university education, the original fascination actually grew deeper because of the many interesting work experiences that I have been through. I first started my career working in New York for two years. When I came back to Italy, that experience, mixed with my cultural background, was the starting point of my own firm. This is also the reason why I am very interested in collaborations outside my country.
Tell us about your typical day (at work and at home).
I really don't have a typical day. Everyday is peculiar, because of the differences that exist in each work. On one side, being the owner of my own firm gives me a big flexibility; on the other side, it becomes very difficult to take my mind out of work sometimes.
In your opinion, what are the key challenges in designing a residence?
First of all, the responsibility of creating an environment as important as somebody's home is huge (at least I consider it huge). This is going to be a nest where people can feel protected and be understood. It is not only a matter of designing a project. It is more like an interpretation of people's life and feelings and hence needs to be very well addressed.
I appreciate it the most when my clients tell me that they enjoy living in their new residence. That should be the most important thing to an architect who works in the residential design field.
Tell us about your own home.
My home is very, very different from what I normally design for my clients. But I am actually working on getting a new one now so that I can also "use" it as a work in progress, an experiment so called. As an architect/ designer, what do you think defines an inviting home?
The poetry that the space inspires. If that magic reaction happens when you enter a space, it is a successful design to me.
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