1. Dave, please can you tell us a bit about yourself? How did you get into Interior Design? What is it that drew you toward this industry?
Bascially I have always been interested in where things are made and where they come from. It’s something I have always been a little obsessed about since I was a small child. And then I just like the idea of turning something unattractive into something beautiful. It’s a question of wanting to make things look nice.
2. What’s the first memory you have of when the interior of a building really struck you as being something special?
I grew up in Wimbledon on the outskirts of London. I had a lot of schoolfrends with incredibly expensive houses. When visiting plush offices in the centre of London one came away with same impression. The financial services sector is one of those sectors that needs to impress people as they walk in the door.
3. What interior designs style/trend do you hate?
There is a lot of interior design in Spain which is very attractive, but completely impractical. Completely and totally impractical to the point that it has to been torn up and begun over again because it has been thought up by people who work with computers and graphics programmes. They have never actually worked with their hands or spoken to a workmen about the realities of the work.
4. If you could only ask a new client one question before putting together some preliminary designs for them, what would it be?
Who is the flat/house for? In other words how many people , their ages and will they be living all year round?5. What approach to interior design do you take? Why?
Blending the use of natural products with a practical use of space.
6. Are there any other designers you often draw inspiration from? If so, what’s so special about these designers, and if not, where do you get your inspiration?
I have my own vision. I like to restore things. As I said previously I want to believe I am turning something unatrractive into something beautiful.
7. In a couple of paragraphs, can you describe your ideal bedroom?
It depends on the three or four factors. The amount of natural light that enters the room, colour tones to be used, final purpose as defined by whether there is an en-suite bathroom, a dressing room, etc. At the end of the day it is the woman of the house who has to be comfortable in this room. If she’s happy, then the goal has been achieved.
8. If you were asked to design a truly luxurious bathroom, what materials would you be drawn to, and why?
Again, preferibly natual materials, so we might be talking about marble and stone. However, there are so many beautiful tiles available that the choice is almost unlimited. Again with bathroom fixtures, we are talking about an incalculable array of branded products which are on offer.
9. What design trends did you enjoy in 2013, and which trends do you think will be popular in 2014?
Design trends are cultural, national, social, gender and age based and biased. Your client will want something according to his/her sociological background. Basically we are all moving towards a sort of minimalism, but this has to do with the fact that most urbanites live in flats and we don’t want to live in clutter.
10. What advice would you give to someone who’s looking to redecorate a Mediterranean holiday apartment?
Think about the light. Which direction is the building facing. If there is a lot of natural light this should strongly influence the colours you choose.
11. Which details are most often overlooked in the interior of a hotel?
The minibar should be free? Actually I was in a hotal last year and the mini-bar was free!!
A massive thanks to David for taking the time to answer these questions for us! To find out move about Renovo and the renovations they may be able to help you out with, visit www.reformaspisosbarcelona.com