Talking Interiors With Luca From Wafer Studio
As we kickstart the year helping you make your dream home interiors come alive, we actually decided to catch up with one of our international expert interior designers, Luca from Wafer Studios. Over this quick tete-a-tete, we tried to find out a little more about him, what he thinks is of utmost priority when redoing your home interiors, and how his journey with Mansionly has been so far.
After all, having designed the interiors of so many gorgeous residences across the world, it is only obvious to want to know what goes behind all the creativity. Right?
Great to have you here Luca and thank you for agreeing to do this. Let’s start with telling everyone a little about you – maybe even when we can all wish you a happy birthday?
Luca: I was born on the 19th of March in 1971 and I work at the Wafer Studio. My background is full of metamorphosis, to be honest, and that has actually become my personal luggage, helps me pick up different solutions in the daily professional practice.
That’s interesting. When did you realize that you wanted to get into interior designing? How did it all begin?
Luca: I come from a family of architects so I think I was influenced by it. But I think it all started when I took the pencil in my left hand for the first time. I wanted to draw up and design something beautiful came almost instantly.
Wow, that’s really early. So when you take up a project, what is it that you do first to design or plan the interiors of the space?
Luca: After listening to what the client wishes for, my personal approach is to first isolate myself from the chaos around me and to actually ‘listen’ as clearly as possible to my inner visions. Sometimes the solutions arrive almost as quickly like a bolt, sometimes it becomes necessary to wait for them working on rational procedures. I believe peace and calm are really important when it comes to creativity.
We agree too. You work extensively on residential interiors and your work is absolutely gorgeous. What are the basic rules you always stick to make this magic happen?
Luca: Since today there are so many different styles and so many ways to live the domestic dimension, I like to start from the plan view. It is a good way to give functionality the priority it deserves when designing the interiors of any space. You can actually apply the same principle to every space that you’re working on.
Browsing through your projects, we noticed you love minimalism and it has been trending across the world too. Do you think it is the best approach for modern homes? And why?
Luca: I think minimalism expresses and resembles the value of our times. Clients want to live in spaces that represent a mix of their personality, time and of the places in which they are living. But all these parameters are very dynamic values. I think minimalism is contemporary when it provides a neutral functional domestic setting in which the clients overlap in many ways to personalize their home freely.
So when starting out a residential project, what is the very first step you take with the clients?
Luca: As I mentioned before, I start by listening carefully to the requests of the clients. When they are confused about what they really want, I ask them some strategic questions to help them imagine the home they truly want and understand what they need for it.
And what is the one tip you give to your friends when they are thinking of redoing their home interiors?
Luca: Honestly, I ask them not to do it themselves. Today, magazines and the internet can deceive clients to avoid support of designers in order to save money. It really is a big mistake. It is much better to start redoing your house interiors with a designer before you make mistakes that going in reverse might cost you a lot more.
Ah, we have seen so many of our friends make that mistake. So if that is the one tip you give to friends, what is the one rule you share when picking out the elements that make their home? For instance, the furniture.
Luca: To choose straight lines. Luxury can come accordingly with comfort and simplicity, so don’t rush your choices and take your time in picking the right pieces.
You work on so many projects. From where do you get your inspiration? Are there any other designers that you follow?
Luca: I actually follow many designers and architects in the field. The list is really very long – Renzo Piano, Zaha Hadid, Bjarke Ingels, Norman Foster, Jean Nouvel, Herzog & De Meuron, and many others. Philippe Starck is really ironic with his approach; I love his open-mindedness, to be honest.
Wow, we are definitely going to go check out some of his work. Is it your first time in India? What has the experience been so far in working with Indian clients, projects and other designers?
Luca: India is a great country where people are really kind, lively and colorful. It’s actually growing quicker as time goes by. When I’m talking to clients or even other designers, I feel a strong desire to build a country that is contemporary and dynamic, with them.
We love having you join us here in India. But what are your thoughts on collaborating with Mansionly?
Luca: What I like the most about collaborating with Mansionly is that the design is reinforced by a team of very collaborative people, with different specializations.
Thank you, we really love working with you. So can you tell us a little about your projects with Mansionly?
Luca: Well, simply put, they were and are all interesting and challenging. It’s so much fun to work across different dimensions.
So when you’re not working on designing gorgeous interiors, what is it that you do to take a break?
Luca: I love cinema, music and eating out with friends. It is so important to take a break when you’re in the creative space. It helps you come back to work with an open mind and do better work.
We agree that breaks are important. In fact, while working, we too try to take little breaks to come back refreshed to work.
It was really great talking to you Luca. I guess we ate into your break time already and are going to let you get back to the amazing work you’re doing.
Now while Luca goes back to designing impeccable interiors, why don’t you go ahead and check out some of his work at Wafer Studio on Mansionly?
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