As a child, the chief interior designer of Rietveld Architects, Andrea Martinez, was always involved in various creative activities. So it’s no surprise that his career path eventually led him to interior design.
“I first studied marketing and advertising at university and moved to London soon after,” she said.
“I went back to Perth for a holiday but ended up meeting my future husband and never came back.”
With the change of scenery came a career change for Ms. Martinez.
“I took the opportunity to fulfill my childhood dream of being an interior designer and went back to school full time to get my professional qualification,” she said.
“Since then, I’ve never been far from a fabulous book on the coffee table, a cutting-edge website, a design-trend podcast or a new vendor’s Instagram – I am constantly on the lookout for new designs, products and technologies for high-end interiors. ”
“We use 3D modeling packages to produce a very comprehensive set of detailed design and construction drawings, which are used by our trades and builders,” she said.
“Our interior design scope covers everything from lighting and electrical layouts, full cabinet designs, plumbing and appliance selections, internal and external color and material selections, door and glass schedules, window treatments, design integration with landscapers, furniture curation and art selection, and even styling the home.
“We have a very close working relationship with our customers and our manufacturer, which makes our role one of true collaboration and cohesion.
“My team and I are involved from the very first architectural design meeting to the final moments when the client turns the key in their front door.”
In this role, Ms. Martinez was involved in a range of one-of-a-kind and one-of-a-kind designs, which made selecting her favorite project a difficult task.
“All of our projects are special to me for so many different reasons,” she said.
“We are currently working on a few amazing projects, but the one that stands out to me is a project currently under construction with Zorzi at Peppermint Grove.
“The house is structured into two large dwellings – one for living and one for formal entertainment and events.
“Each building is linked in a pavilion-style format to embrace the existing natural landscapes and water features to create a sense of privacy on the sprawling 3500m² block.
“At its core, this mid-century inspired home supports an authentic and timeless interior scheme, rather than clinging to current trends and colors.
“A soft, organic interior palette filled with natural stone, wood cabinetry, and puffy linens complement the clean architectural lines and indoor/outdoor sensibility.
“This house is one of our first projects and could only be realized with a tangible synergy between the client, the builder and the design team.
“Projects like this really feed the soul of design.
“The privilege of being able to handcraft a home in this way is every designer’s dream.”
Ms. Martinez said the work was not without its challenges, but working together yielded great results.
“The best results come from shared ideas and challenging the status quo, so parking your ego at the door is key,” she said.
“It’s about really listening to your customers’ wishes, trusting the expertise of your trades and your builder, and seeking new ideas from your design contemporaries to continually push the boundaries.
“The way we find our way through any challenge starts with teamwork and a willingness to be flexible.
“A different perspective is not a criticism of the design, but rather an opportunity to take the project to the next level.”
CONTACT Rietveld Architects, 6500 0328, www.rietveldarchitects.com.au