In Conversation with Laura Encinas from BICBLOC
Laura Encinas - BICBLOC
Bicbloc is a London-Barcelona based architectural design studio that helps developers, property investors, and private landlords maximize their real estate profitability by transforming spaces to impact and improve people’s lives through smart, cost-efficient and sustainable design solutions.
What inspired you to be an interior designer?
I remember, when I was a child, how much I liked to read those Decoration magazines that my mum used to buy. The bit I liked most from them was when it was shown the architectural transformation of a space. Since then I’ve been always very concerned about how many spaces where we interact, live and spend most of our lives are not designed for people but rather for simply aesthetics, full of unnecessary objects, badly positioned and that don’t contribute to making the interior space more pleasant.
I am passionate about reinventing interior spaces to improve people’s lives. When I get involved in a project, I am always looking for the best solution, exploring solutions that will make a big difference in every single project and that will definitely improve the user’s experience.
If they were to make a toy action figure of you, what would your accessory be?
I think it would be a sketchbook to annotate ideas and inspiring findings.
From the very beginning of my career, I’ve been working on large-scale architectural projects. This probably has an impact in my main interest in Interior Architecture as the transformation of space in relation with the context of the site, the exterior of the building and the social/cultural impact of it.
What would be your dream interior project?
I have always wanted to design a concept bar. I think it is so different when you design a space for living which involves many hours of interaction than when designing a space where the user might spend just a few hours. As a designer of a concept bar, one can come up with the funkiest ideas ever and that is probably the best fun during the concept process!What’s something you know you do differently than most people?
I apply a very transparent, practical, and honest approach with my clients. This profession is very competitive and unfortunately, there are many people out there selling interior design services with little knowledge of this profession or building up high expectations that they can’t accomplish at the end. From my point of view, I believe my clients appreciate my enthusiasm to always look for outstanding design but also being practical when unexpected events happen in the course of a project.
If you could go back in time and speak to your adolescent self, what advice would you give them about the design world?
I would recommend being very observant, curious and explore the world.
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