Giulia Delpiano Co-founder and Partner of di leG-design
What led you to become an architect and an interior designer?
At the age of four, I used to pull together a couple of chairs to create the external wall of my “dream house," build a roof with my mom’s sheets and make the door and windows using paper boxes. Then, I brought pillows and cups to decorate the interior, and I sat on the floor, inside the space that I just created: I already felt like an architect. My parents always say that I learned how to draw and represent what I wanted to share before talking or walking, but I am sure becoming an architect and interior designer was definitely influenced by looking at my father while he was working at home after dinner--drawing spaces and designing furniture or just talking about technical solutions. He is an engineer. After studying engineering as well, I understood that my path was much more embedded in the aesthetics part of a project, so I studied architecture, and I focused on interior design.
What is your favorite aspect of being an architect and an interior designer?
To support the clients to define their space: to show them through mood board and concept design what they had in mind. “Exactly what I wanted, how did you do that?” is my favourite feedback during the first step of the consultancy. Most of the time, I, as an interior designer, get the features of the design that the client wants way before they realize what they want as I anticipate their needs and their desires. Being surrounded in my daily life by finishes, colours, fabrics and beautiful objects is not a job: it is the dream of that kid who sat down in her house (made of chairs, sheets, and paper boxes) that came true!
What have you learned the most from your career in architecture and in interior design?
I have learned that the most important part of the design process is “thinking outside of the box." Only when you look at things differently are you able to give the best solution possible, without initial limitations. I have learned, and I am still learning every day how to understand my clients--their goals and their personality, because these aspects will be the soul of their projects.
What tips and ideas do you have for other’s who would like to be architects and/or interior designers?
If you want to give clients the opportunity to live experiences through the space that you design, you have to live those experiences yourself--a lot--everyday: travelling, reading, knowing yourself deeply and learning how to listen to others. Being passionate, doing research, studying and then sharing ideas with your team is the most important element of any project.
What are your favorite features of being an architect and an interior designer?
Being socially and culturally responsive with the opportunity to create something that lasts.
One of my favourite features is that I want to be recognisable in my design, always putting something of myself into every project while keeping in mind that the most important part of any project is representing the clients, their businesses or homes, and their wishes. If I put the representation of myself first, I would be an artist and not an interior designer.
What is at the heart of your career in architecture and in interior design that you want your clients to take home?
That I am not creating just aesthetic but most of all experiences and personal interaction with the interiors that I design: giving people the opportunity to live a moment that they won’t forget in a store, an hotel, a restaurant, and in a residential space--making them feel apart of it all, is my goal.
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