The ‘Out of Interior Design 2017’ award now adds more than 200 projects around the world and the account continues to grow.
The amount of media coverage his designs receive gives us an idea of the large impact that his projects have worldwide. Created in 2002 he and his studio have worked on the modernization of Pull & Bear, the creation of unparalleled spaces such as Diverxo (Chef Dabiz Muñoz’s restaurant) and even the VIP area of the new soccer stadium of San Mamés (in collaboration with Urbana 15 studio). Examples mentioned above are only projects done within Spain, but his designs are spread throughout the world: America, Asia, Europe and the North of Africa.
Born in Tangier and descended from Catalan parents and grandparents, Lázaro Rosa-Violán lives saddled between Barcelona and New York. He doesn’t seem to be that 8-year-old kid that attended the Fine Arts Academy as a visiting student. Or maybe so. He defines himself as a “painter by education, traveller by belief and interior designer by instinct.” He says he keeps finding inspiration everywhere with a style that “is all the styles,” a result of his wide cultural background. Let’s discover more about the professional and the person behind it.
Painter before architect? What brought you to the world of interior design?
Was your first success a product of that loneliness or of teamwork?
Is there a reference painter or architect in your work?
The centre black countertop done in Dekton Domoos elegantly contrasts with the bright tables done in Silestone White Zeus.
“I have a theory that you can mix anything. The important thing is the result”.
Where did you get your education?
So I went abroad with the idea of covering the interior design topic, without becoming a decorator, which is a pejorative term in Spain. However I don’t understand why. In the United States it’s the second best paid degree after advocacy. Even among ourselves, the interior designers, there are many who will feel offended if you use that term.
Tell us a little bit about industrial decoration, in which you were a pioneer in Spain and that is now trending.
Is that the reason why you work with Silestone and Dekton?
But you’re a bit of an artisan, aren’t you?
How do you create a unique universe? Do you establish a dialogue with all the pieces, formats and textures?
The circular counter at two heights made in Marquina is the perfect place to eat while appreciating various seafaring illustrations.
Talk to us about the Eastern influence in your projects…
How would you like to end this interview?
As in Walt Whitman’s “Oh, Captain, My Captain?”