Casa Decor is a prestigious exhibition that takes place in Madrid at the very beginning of every year. It dictates the hottest interior design trends, while top luxury brands present their newest products to the entire world. Considering that this prestigious Spanish trade show is a celebration of high-end design that brings together the world’s most influential interior designers from the industry, CovetED Magazine took that opportunity to interview Erico Navazo, Patricia Bustos and Blanca Hevia.
The relation between Portuguese Design Industry and Spanish Interior Designers by Erico Navazo
“Portugal and Spain have always had a great wealth of materials that we have been exploring throughout history.”
Born in Burgos, northern Spain, Eric Navazo is famous for his ability to make everything to fit in the most amazing and welcoming way. He focuses on making living spaces where you can find treasures from all periods, from the 18th century to the 50s.
His strong passion for interior design began very early since his family had a furniture factory. With this family connection with the design, his destiny was inevitably the same. For that reason, Erico decided to move to Madrid, so that he could have closer contact and learn with big names in the Spanish design industry.
When we questioned Erico about the present connection of Spain within the design, he proudly stated that it is a good moment and now that we all have the Internet, there are endless sources for inspirations and references. Bearing that in mind, when he designs his projects, Erico always thinks about the impact of how many people are going to see them. And that also means the impact of Spain internationally.
In terms of portfolio, it is visible that Erico takes a lot of inspiration from Nature. You can see that through the textures, the details, the rustic and the permissive that inspire him during the conception of each project.
Side by side with Nature is craftsmanship. And it’s precisely here that the relationship between Spain and Portugal becomes so relevant. Both countries have always had a great wealth of materials the have been explored throughout history. And not only to be exported. Portuguese furniture brands provide the experience and preservation of the materials that Erico requires. And it is so easy to work with Portugal. On one side, for the proximity; on the other. there are no language barriers.
Feminism Trends As Inspiration by Patricia Bustos
“Since I was a child I had been an obsession with Maria Antonieta, feminism and cream colours. When I started to decorate my house, even with my mother, I painted walls to create feminine spaces.”
Patricia Bustos is from Madrid and has always been a very aesthetic and fashionable person. She’s sensitive to the beauty of architecture and the art of design and has a strong passion for travelling. And these are all references that became their signature in her interior design projects.
In addition, she has an obsession with Maria Antonieta, feminism and cream colours since she was a child when she already painted walls to create more feminine rooms. By that time, she used to have posters of women that inspired her and they still are her work references in the present days. Some of those references are India Mahdavi, who has always created different references and trends, and Kelly Wearstler, who is also a pioneer and a worldwide renowned and respected female designer.
Some of her clients hire her only because of her personal style. Others prefer to give guidelines that Patricia careful and precisely follows without setting apart her references and personal style.
It is worth pointing out that even in her free time, Patricia chooses hobbies related to nature and sports because of the influence they have on her, since they make her even more creative. Beach, sea and surf are pure elements that boost her imagination and creativity. Why? Because Nature is beautiful by itself. And a train station, in its turn, needs the human hand to become more appealing. And that’s precisely on that direction that she develops her work: to make everything aesthetical and visually more appealing for a better and more beautiful life.
Creating spaces with storytelling with Blanca Hevia
“When you’re a designer, anything that surrounds you will inspire you. (…) You need to live, to have moments and personal stories reflected in your projects.”
Blanca Hevia is one of the best Spanish interior designers with world recognition. She defines her style as contemporary with classic lines. But she is also esteemed for her ability to create spaces with storytelling.
During our wonderful conversation, we had the chance to explore the concept behind the creation of Blanca Havia’s space at Casa Decor 2019: “The Memory of Water”.
The decor recreates the natural cycle of water elements, living the memories of each one. There is the birth of the fish, the bottom of the ocean with corals until the water flows in the bathroom furnishing pieces. Everything is connected, cycled and in motion to transmit tranquillity. And by everything, we also mean the pieces of ceramics, wallpaper and even the smallest detail.
Blanca believes that when you’re a designer, anything that surrounds you, can and will inspire you. For instance, this project for Casa Decor 2019 was inspired by the beach and the sea. So, to do this job properly, you need to live, collect moments and personal stories that you will afterwards imprint when conceiving the perfect home interior decor. And that’s how the story begins.
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