For Spanish designer Marta de la Rica, the fondness for decoration comes from the influence of her father, who aroused her interest in art and antiques. Marta loves the work of artisans who make wonderful things with simple and natural materials and has developed her craft by taking a deeply personal approach to design. With such a unique perspective on Spanish interiors, we had the opportunity to talk with Marta about her amazing studio and design philosophy.
We have to start by saying that Marta De La Rica Interiors is such an amazing studio! What is your unique approach to design?
Each client, and project, is different and personal. I have to understand what a client really wants, which is not always what they say they want. What I try to achieve is a good design, which truly respects the practical needs while being beautiful.
Understanding the underlying desire of the client is an amazing trait. Take us through your creative process. How do you approach a space?
I first analyze the space in terms of location, dimensions, light, and history. All of these features, put together with the client’s needs, show the path of the project, which is approached from an architecture, decoration and functional point of view.
Amazing. When it comes to creating a home, what are your go to styling tips and combinations?
Lighting is key. Indirect and low lights (table and floor) make a space warm and cozy. Mixing gives character to a space. Using unique furniture pieces, fabrics, textures, and of course, making a good use of color.
That is so true. What are some of your favorite under the radar decor brands and some of your favorite materials to use?
I love natural materials: stone, wood, ceramics, metal. The shapes, patinas and combinations are endless. In my projects I almost always use fabrics which give interiors coziness and quality. There are so many brands that I love from Pierre Frey, to Lewis and Wood, and C&C Milano.
Those are such great options. When it comes to colors, textures, and materials, what do you see taking over the home in 2020?
I find trends fun, but I am not a huge believer or follower. The best projects remain being great projects despite the passage of time.
That is very true. When it comes to your approach to projects, how does it differ between commercial and residential spaces?
Residential projects require even more psychology, as you are literally getting into a person’s most intimate space, their home. In commercial projects, understanding the nature of the business is key.
Perfect. What is your “Golden Rule” for timeless living spaces?
Keep it personal.
We couldn’t agree more. What other designers, artisans, or creatives are you inspired by?
Artisans are key in my projects and always an inspiration. They have a knowledge of their trade and ability that will achieve fantastic results. I admire many designers such as Jacques Grange, India Mahdavi, Kelly Weastler and others now gone with timeless designs such as Jaime Parlade, Duarte Pinto Coelho, Bill Willis, Mongiardino.