What inspired you to be an interior designer?
I was always attracted to architecture and interiors. I used to have a flatmate that was studying architecture and I remember being mesmerised by the structures he was designing.
Although I was studying Tourism and that was my intended professional path, it was in a trip we did to Villa Savoye from Le Corbusie when I realised that my career path had to be within Interior Design
That day I was even more attracted to the creativity of the building interiors than to its amazing architecture. The feeling of freedom that such mixture of architecture, design and nature produced on me still stays on my mind.
If they were to make a toy action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
A colour palette or a tape measure
To what degree have you actually controlled the course your life within the design world has taken?
Most of the times I feel I have the control but sometimes design controls me. I’m continuously searching for inspiration, all around my life revolves around finding creativity, When I cook, when I chose my daughters clothes, when I go for a walk, when I travel…I’m on a natural search for new ideas and inspiration. Design is in my DNA.
What would be your dream interior project?
Any project that can take the best of me, the most challenging the better. Small spaces are normally the most challenging and interesting, I always felt attracted to be able to design a hotel or villa in some Asian paradise.
What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I always put into my work as much effort and care as if the project was for myself. I try to use psychology with the client to get as close as their dream home as possible.
If you could go back in time and speak to your adolescent self, what advice would you give them about the design world?
Don't settle for what you know, keep learning and believe in yourself. Try to be brave and bold and don’t be afraid to get it wrong. You learn more from failure than from success. Don’t look for perfection, Neither things nor people need to be perfect to be beautiful.
Cristina Porres Interiors
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