Thursday, 19 December 2019 10:49

The mastermind behind Bolshakova Interiors

    Bolshakova Interiors is an international interior design studio founded by Nataly Bolshakova. The brand creates exceptional living spaces in a high segment of residential properties in countries such as France, Switzerland, Monaco, Ukraine, Cyprus, Austria and UAE. This month, Inex talks to Nataly about her career as an Interior Designer and finds out what drives her inspiration.

    What inspired you to become an interior designer?

    I’d have to say, the prospect of creating something beautiful. And when a real task arises, it all comes together.

    Who has been your greatest source of inspiration throughout your career?

    My husband! But I also find inspiration from cities, countries, communicating with interesting people and exhibitions. All this creates my experience, my outlook and inspiration for new ideas. For me, inspiration is a voluntary and natural process. To disconnect and trust my instinct is key before starting on a new project.

    How do you approach your projects?

    With great attention, respect and honesty with the client. ‘We are in a meeting now; we will call back later’ – these are words that our clients will never hear from any of my team. It is important to maintain a great relationship with each client – without any exception. Most of our projects are private interiors, which require close cooperation with the client, their family and their understanding of the state of happiness. What does our client dream of? How do they want to spend time in their house? These are our main questions. We know how to get this information, even if the client does not understand what they want at first.

    The visual and aesthetic results of the first stage of our work into real life is very important. This involves budgeting, timing, implementation and quality. This is all essential. Our approach to projects is a continuous improvement of our service and results. As a result, we have very happy customers.

    Would you say that you have a design style? If so, how would you describe this style? The whole philosophy of the company is built on this. We are creating a space that won’t go out of fashion in a couple of years; it will be relevant for many generations.

    What has been your biggest accomplishment to date?

    We are constantly growing and developing, which is why our achievements are getting bigger and bigger every year. We opened an office in France last year, and we have projects worldwide in Monaco, France, Switzerland, Great Britain, Cyprus and Ukraine.

    We are able to work on a project in any country – to work without borders took me a few years. It’s a significant achievement.

    What has been your most notable project to date?

    It’s difficult to choose, but I would say either the private residence in Sunny Valley or Emerald Villa.

    Have you witnessed any recurring requests from your clients?

    I actually have very different requests from my clients, but usually, the clients’ questions are the same.

    Do you have a preferred colour palette you enjoy working with?

    Not really; I prefer to tune in to the client’s wave. I always like to experiment and try something new.

    What advice would you offer to those that are considering a career in interior design?

    Be ready to learn a lot and to practice, and you can’t be afraid. Young designers should understand that in this profession, only about 15% of the work is creativity; the rest is technological, planning, calculations, numbers and responsibility.

    What do you believe is the biggest challenge for newly qualified interior designers?

    Inexperience, but that’s not a problem. Most importantly, don’t promise too much and take what you can answer for. All famous designers were young designers once and went their own way to fame. Everyone has their own path.

    Do you have any favourite suppliers you use for your interior schemes?

    Poliform, Poltrona Frau, Minotti, Frato, Flos, Loro Piana Interiors, Dedar, Hermes Home collection and many, many others.

    What can we expect to see from you over the next year? More new and beautiful projects. My dream is to release a mobile application, as well as open a couple of new directions. I have a lot of plans, so stay tuned!.

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