Talking Delightful Interiors With Theresa Obermoser
When you’re redoing the interiors of a commercial space, you want all your efforts to be loved by the customers that walk in. Especially when you’re talking about restaurants and cafes. The vibe your interior create is what makes or breaks the success of your venture. That’s why we roped in one of our international expert interior designers who has worked on some of the best restaurant interiors across the world. Meet, Theresa Obermoser.
So tell us a little about you and your background. Let’s start with when you were born, so we could celebrate your birthday together maybe?
Theresa: I would love to! Well, I was born on 20 March 1990 in Kitzbühel, Austria. I grew up in the hotel where my mother was working in practically every department. That’s where I actually learned that these places don’t just need to look good, but also function well. Let’s just say it worked to my advantage!
That’s actually really nice; almost like the first-hand experience. When did you realize that you wanted to get into interior designing? How did it all begin?
Theresa: To be honest, it started off like so many children. From when I was five years old I loved to move the furniture around in my room on a weekly basis. I think that was it.
So you kind of knew from a very young age. Let’s move into your expertise now. How important do you think are the interiors of a restaurant or a cafe to appeal to the end customer?
Theresa: Super important! The design is as equally important as any other aspect, people don’t just go out anymore because they are hungry. They want to have an experience that they can walk home with. And the design plays a huge part in the experience the customer will get when in the space.
You’re right, everyone wants to go to places that are beautifully designed these days. Each of the projects you have worked on are absolutely unique and we’re sure people love visiting those spas and cafes just for the ambiance they offer. What are the 5 rules you always follow?
Theresa: The five rules that I always follow and have never let me down, are:
1. Listening to the client carefully.
2. Thinking about the surroundings of the space or doing site research.
3. Thinking about how to make the space functional, comfortable and Instagram-able.
Simply put, you need to understand what the client is looking for and thinking about interiors from everyone’s perspective.
When starting out with the interiors for a cafe, what is the very first step or the first thought that comes to your mind?
Theresa: I want to make it feel as if it’s someone’s living room. That’s what you need for a cafe. A space where you can unwind and relax. I also try to meet the cafe chef to find out what’s on the menu so that the design and food work well together.
Wow, so a lot goes into even visualizing a space. And when you visit a new cafe, what is the first thing that you notice in their interiors? Do you often end up sharing some tips with them?
Theresa: The ambiance and the overall experience is what I always think of first when entering a cafe I have never been to. How I feel when I walk into the space is important. No, I would actually never give tips unless someone asks me.
You work on so many projects. From where do you get your inspiration? Are there any other designers that you follow?
Theresa: I think I follow all the great designers. I get my inspiration from everywhere in life. I know you’ve probably heard this before but it is so true. I get it through life, the food I eat, the countries I travel, the things I see. You just have to walk with your eyes open and you’ll get inspired.
That’s true, there sure is inspiration everywhere. You just need to be able to see it. So is it your first time in India? What has the experience been so far in working with Indian clients, projects and designers?
Theresa: Yes, it is my first time here. It’s been a very positive experience. I love that people are so efficient. Sometimes I do have a culture shock but this makes me giggle. Everything I’ve experienced is very positive. Indian clients are very open to new ideas and the Indian designers are very helpful and qualified. It also really helps that there is no language barrier here!
We’re so glad to hear that. We love having you join us here in India. What are your thoughts on collaborating with Mansionly?
Theresa: I think it’s a good concept. Me, as an international designer, can focus on the concept of the space, and because I have great support here I do have the time to think of every detail which is key if you want to create new designs.
Can you tell us a little about your projects with Mansionly?
Theresa: I’m currently working on a couple at the moment. The most prestigious one is the airport lounge at Delhi International Airport. I also worked on a pitch for a high-end office in the Astralis Tower. I’m also in discussions with a couple more potential clients, so if one of you reading this or are interested in working with us, please get back to us! 😉
What is it that you do when you’re not working and taking a break?
Theresa: I try to be active when I’m in Austria. I love skiing, so I do that a lot. When I’m in London I like playing tennis. I try to do everything outside of work with my friends. I love my job so much, so I don’t really get to spend that much time with them.
We guess that usually ends up happening when experts like you really get into the nitty-gritty of working on the smallest of details!
Well, that’s all we have for now Theresa. Thank you for doing this with us.
Now while we let Theresa get back to designing gorgeous spaces as usual, why don’t you go check out some of her work on Mansionly or get in touch for a lovely discussion with her?