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CovetED Exclusive Interview With Arzu KartalMonday 20 February 2017
Arzu Kartal is a specialised architect with over 15 years of experience in Interior Design projects. Born in Istanbul and now based in Hamburg, Germany, she describes her style as a mix of European modernity with Ottoman touch: “My style is a blend of colour and shape, which sends out happiness and good vibrations”. Inspired by the big names of the Interior Design such as Kelly Wearstler and Marcel Wanders, she is also looking for news and good ideas from her many trips around the world and in the international trade fairs.
Better than describing, is reading her own words about her work and personality.
CovetED Edition: Being in love with our work is always the key to achieving better results. Are you in love with this job? What do you love most about being an interior designer?
Arzu: I absolutely love my job. It’s my call! Understanding my customer’s ideas, wishes and personalities, implementing them and finally realising those expressions in their own cribs, fulfils me with such happiness and joy.
It’s important to me that my customers know they’re in good hands and that they feel comfortable!
CovetED Edition: Do you have a favourite project or a favourite story about one of your projects?
Arzu: My favourite projects are generally those, in which customers have no limited budgets. They are more open and receptive for new shapes, colours and designs.
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CovetED Edition: How important it is a perfect chemistry between you and your clients to achieve the best results?
Arzu: I strongly believe in Energy Frequencies. I’m absolutely convinced that those customers, approaching me, share the same chemistry and are on the same level as me. This is the foundation for a positive outcome.
CovetED Edition: Do you think working with teams in interior design is better or worse than working alone? Why?
Arzu: I’m a born team player! When creative heads work together on a project, it flourishes. Nevertheless, one of them must take the lead to avoid distraction and to not get bogged down (in details).
CovetED Edition: Keeping up with all the trends is essential for anyone who wants to conquer this market. In what ways do you keep current with new trends?
Arzu: I get inspired, especially when I’m on travel, at exhibitions, but mainly through international trade press.
CovetED Edition: How would you describe your work style? Do you have any kind of “signatures” that help to identify your projects?
Arzu: My style is a blend of colour and shape which sends out happiness and good vibrations. The image of luxury given by my designs conveys the ultimate feeling of comfort and well-being.
CovetED Edition: All artists need some inspiration to work, and interior designers are artists too. So, what or who really inspires you?
Arzu: Kelly Wearstler inspires me a lot! Although, the American style doesn’t meet the European way of living. Marcel Wanders impresses me with his dainty and frisky designs, as well as Tom Dixon and Paula Navone who influence me with their distinctive zeitgeist.
CovetED Edition: If you had to pick one project around the world that you wish it had been made by you, which would it be?
Arzu: Hotel Altapura – France, in the mountains. I generally like all hotels in the Alps.
CovetED Edition: Choosing the best pieces to compose a project can be the secret to getting the best overall result. Although it seems easy, this is a delicate task and needs full attention on time to execute it. Do you have some tips for those who do not really know how to start a challenge like this?
Arzu: When beginning a project, I always recommend working with a mood board. I collect images that inspire me from magazines to the internet, which is also an important source. After that, I sort out all collected images and choose those which convince me and are more suitable for the project.
CovetED Edition: What are your favourite brands, those that can never miss one of your projects?
Arzu: As I’m always searching for new and innovative designs, the outcome is, therefore, a collection of different producers and manufacturers. “DelightFULL” definitely counts to one of my favourites! Yet, making my own designs fulfills me with endless happiness and joy.
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