Interview with Cristina Menezes Arquitetura

Winner of Interior Design Awards

Award Winning Designer Cristina Menezes Arquitetura shares insights


Interview with Cristina Menezes Arquitetura at Friday 28th of October 2016:

DL: Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
CM : Since I was teenager, I used to draw and paint in my spare time! Design is my oldest obssession! I studied Architecture and Urbanism in Belo Horioznte, Minas Gerais, Brazil . And I begun to work with architecture when I was student and I never stop ! It is a pleasure for me! My work is my job!

DL: What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
CM : As I said, above, my love for design begun when I was young. It is in my soul!

DL: Did you choose to become a designer, or you were forced to become one?
CM : I chose by myself!

DL: What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
CM : Most o f time, I design Residential; Commercial and Institutional Architecture. Sometimes, I design furniture, too!

DL: What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
CM : They have to love what they do!

DL: What distinguishes between a good designer and a great designer?
CM : A good designer is when a designer do a good job! A great designer is when a designer do a job with his soul!

DL: What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
CM : When you have the functionality, form, aesthetics, art and innovation, all together!

DL: What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
CM : The value is the eternity of the design! Because all design must be eternal!

DL: What would you design and who would you design for if you had the time?
CM : What my clients wants and for them!

DL: What is the dream project you haven’t yet had time to realize?
CM : The next design!

DL: What is your secret recipe of success in design, what is your secret ingredient?
CM : My passion for design!

DL: Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
CM : There are a lot of designers that I get some inspirations like Le Corbusier, Niemeyer, Paulo Mendes da Rocha, Foster and Renzo Piano!

DL: What are your favorite designs by other designers, why do you like them?
CM : It depends... Every design has its diferential!

DL: What is your greatest design, which aspects of that design makes you think it is great?
CM : I do not have one... I think I have some designs, like the Pocket House, Glass House, etc, that are great designs because they are timeless!

DL: How could people improve themselves to be better designers, what did you do?
CM : They must have to study, read and travel to see what is happening around the people and world!

DL: If you hadn’t become a designer, what would you have done?
CM : I can not imagine another job...just a designer, again!

DL: How do you define design, what is design for you?
CM : Design is when you have the functionality, form, aesthetics, art and innovation, all together in a project!

DL: Who helped you to reach these heights, who was your biggest supporter?
CM : First, my mother and nowadays, my husband!

DL: What helped you to become a great designer?
CM : My life!

DL: What were the obstacles you faced before becoming a design master?
CM : I passed through a long way with obstacles I passed through! But my obstinacy was bigger than them!

DL: How do you think designers should present their work?
CM : They must treat them as a rare gem!

DL: What’s your next design project, what should we expect from you in future?
CM : More great designs with a great respect to our planet and with us!

DL: What’s your ultimate goal as a designer?
CM : A beautiful bookshelf !

DL: What people expect from an esteemed designer such as yourself?
CM : My eternal perseverance for the best design!

DL: How does design help create a better society?
CM : Making the happiness of the people! This is the secret!

DL: What are you currently working on that you are especially excited about?
CM : A Gallery House surrounding by the mountains, in a small village, in Brazil!

DL: Which design projects gave you the most satisfaction, why?
CM : There isn't a special one! Each one has its special value for me!

DL: What would you like to see changed in design industry in the coming years?
CM : More simplicity and respect to our lives and our planet! We have to use technology for our comfort, not to become lonely people...

DL: Where do you think the design field is headed next?
CM : I expect that the design goes to the way that I said above!

DL: How long does it take you to finalize a design project?
CM : It depends how bigger it is!

DL: When you have a new design project, where do you start?
CM : In the dream of my client!

DL: What is your life motto as a designer?
CM : The happiness of my clients!

DL: Do you think design sets the trends or trends set the designs?
CM : People define their needs and we design. And, if it is a great design, it will set the trend!

DL: What is the role of technology when you design?
CM : It's very important. Today, we have to use it to ennoble and to respect the development!

DL: What kind of design software and equipment do you use in your work?
CM : Mac and windows

DL: What is the role of the color, materials and ambient in design?
CM : They have to harmonize with each other and with the functionality!

DL: What do you wish people to ask about your design?
CM : How do I define the concept of a design? Or what they want to Know...

DL: When you see a new great design or product what comes into your mind?
CM : I want to Know the concept and for who it was design!

DL: Who is your ideal design partner? Do you believe in co-design?
CM : Yes, I believe in co-design when you have the same concepts!

DL: Which people you interacted had the most influence on your design?
CM : All the world!

DL: Which books you read had the most effect on your design?
CM : Oh, my god! There are a lot of books!

DL: How did you develop your skills as a master designer?
CM : Just living...

DL: Irrelative of time and space, who you would want to meet, talk and discuss with?
CM : Anyone who loves design!

DL: How do you feel about all the awards and recognition you had, is it hard to be famous?
CM : It is the way that you have the confirmation that you are in the right way! It is nice to have your design awarded!

DL: What is your favorite color, place, food, season, thing and brand?
CM : I do not have a favorite color. I love colours! I am a brasilian woman, living in a tropical country, full of colors, a rich nature, a nice weather with nice people and good food! Here is my favorite place! But, travel around the world is my passion!

DL: Please tell us a little memoir, a funny thing you had experienced as a designer?
CM : The best thing that happened to me, as a designer, was to make a small and simple design, such as the Pocket House and this project received several awards around the world! That makes me happy!

DL: What makes your day great as a designer, how do you motivate yourself?
CM : When my client share with me my ideas! This is the way that I motivate myself! Doing my best design for my clients!

DL: When you were a little child, was it obvious that you would become a great designer?
CM : When I was a little child, I did not want to be a great designer, I just wanted to be a designer. This was my dream! Children do not have these dimensions ..

DL: What do you think about future; what do you see will happen in thousand years from now?
CM : I just want everyone in the world, have the condition of having great designs in their lives!

DL: Please tell us anything you wish your fans to know about you, your design and anything else?
CM : Make design with love! This way you will succeed and be happy!