Talking Gorgeous Home Interior With Federica Sibilla Bontempi
Designing your home can be really overwhelming. From paying attention to the smallest of details like the furnishing to making functional spaces for recreation and storage, it takes a lot of planning and smart interior designing. That’s why this week on designer chat, we got our international interior design expert, Federica Sibilla Bontempi to share a little bit about how she goes about designing gorgeous home interiors.
Here’s our little tete-a-tete.
Great to have you with us Federica and thank you for agreeing to do this. Let’s start this by telling everyone a little about you. Maybe when you were born, so we could celebrate your birthday together?
Federica: I was born in Rome on November 23, 1988. I hold an Interior Design BA and MA degree and come with a deep blend of design and hospitality background. I have a total work experience of 10 years, 4 of them in London (UK) covering mainly high-end residential and commercial interior designer and home stager roles, which includes buyer- supplier-client collaborations and browsing over the phone, network and meetings.
When did you realize that you wanted to get into interior designing? How did it all begin?
Federica: Let’s say I’ve loved design since ever! I have always redesigned my bedroom as a child and have always gone to buy furniture and accessories while covering my bedroom’ walls with mood boards inspired by design and fashion insightss. Since I was a child, I loved geometric design and art in general and for this reason, at the age of 14, I devoted myself fully to the study of architecture and design at the high school and that’s where it all began.
Wow, that’s really early. So when you take up a project, what is your approach to doing up or planning the interiors of the space?
Federica: Divide the zones based on the needs. That is the first and foremost, and the most important rule.
You work extensively on residential interiors and they are absolutely gorgeous. What are the 5 rules you always stick to when planning the interiors of any space?
Federica: Oh, they are pretty simple, yet very effective. Map the areas and create zones, keep the flow across the spaces, choose function over form, remember balance is key and play with scale.
They’re definitely smart rules to follow. Browsing through your projects, we noticed you love minimalism and it has been trending across the world too. Do you think it is the best approach for modern homes? And why?
Federica: I do love minimalism but not only that. As a matter of fact, I believe the right approach is to have a defined core style and then play with colour and texture on accessories and walls to create contrast. Fabrics and wallpapers need to be used to your advantage.
When starting out a residential project, what is the very first step you take with the clients?
Federica: Being fond of anthropology and psychology, I always begin with listening and understanding the needs of the client and emphasize their role as an executor of someone else’s vision. The interaction and chemistry with the client, it’s essential.
We agree, listening sure is important. What is the one tip you give to your friends when they are thinking of redoing their home interiors?
Federica: The tip I usually give to my friends and clients, it’s to take the time to think about their daily life routine and expectations in order to understand their proper needs, based on which the space will have to be designed.
And what is the one thing you ask them to follow when picking out furniture for their home as it is as important a part of the interiors?
Federica: As I believe best homes are put together over time with items that hold meaning to the owners. I tend to suggest them to go for furniture that truly represents them and not to choose the one more in vogue at the moment or the one they saw on a insights or at a friend’s house.
You work on so many projects. From where do you get your inspiration? Are there any other designers that you follow?
Federica: Inspiration is literally something that could come from anything, such as a conversation with a friend or a walk in the park. I like to observe life in all aspects and to merge all I learn, see and feel in order to create. People and nature are my main inspiring things.
Wow, it surely takes a kind eye to draw inspiration from everything. So is it your first time in India? What has the experience been so far in working with Indian clients, projects and designers?
Federica: I have just returned from a month in India. It was my first time and initially I did not know what to expect, but in the end it gave me and surprised me so much that I can’t wait to come back.
We love having you join us here in India and look forward to when you come next. But what are your thoughts on collaborating with Mansionly?
Federica: I am really pleased to collaborate with Mansionly as I believe it brings to both parties the opportunity to create something new and unique that only a mix of passionate minds and cultures can achieve.
Can you tell us a little about your projects with Mansionly?
Federica: I had the chance to work on multiple projects, such as three residential houses in Delhi and one office space in Bengaluru and it seems there’s a lot more coming. I am truly excited.
What is it that you do when you’re not working and taking a break?
Federica: Travelling is my other passion, which often has been joined by a love for architecture, design, nature, and anthropology.
And travel definitely does enrich you, give you the inspiration to work better!
Well, Federica, that’s all we have to ask – for now at least and would let you get back to doing awesome work. We’re pretty sure we ate into a bit of your break time. But it was great having this little chat with you.
Now while Federica goes back to planning and designing home interiors that are straight out of your dreams and all those insightss, why don’t you go ahead and check out her work on Mansionly?
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