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Coffee with a Designer Presents Interior Designer and BIM Expert, Claudia Bernardi

At onespace we love talking to people and continuously learn from their expertise and experiences. Our goal is to get inside their heads to find out what fuels their passions. To kick off our interior designer interviews, we present, Claudia Bernardi.


Where do you get your inspiration from?


“I find inspiration everywhere. Travel has been a great source of inspiration throughout my career. When visiting new places, I tend to analyze different design aesthetics and cultural impacts. This allows for a broader design application.”


Do you ever read or explore other work from other designers in your industry?


“Yes, always. Design is a constant evolution which can stem from one designer and then be reinterpreted into something new by another. Wherever I go there is always something new to be seen and reimagined.”


How does emotion play into how you create the atmosphere for your spaces?


“Emotion is the key to a good design. Design is in part trying to evoke an emotion from the end user. This can be done by different lighting levels, colours, textures and spatial relationships. If I were to design a daycare versus a high-end hotel the choices for design would vary substantially based on the end user.”


If you could live in any era what would it be?


“I would want to look into the future. With the ever-evolving world of technology Ive always wondered how this would impact design at its essence. We have already seen so many changes within the past few decades which is moving us towards a high-tech world.”


In your opinion what is the most important room in a household?


“The heart of the home always seems to be the kitchen. We have seen a movement for years now towards designing open concept spaces to include the kitchen as part of the public realm. This in part is because we all want a place to gather.”


If you could pick anywhere in the world to live where would it be, and why?


“That is a tough question. I think it would be to live in my family’s small village in the mountains of Tuscany. I spent a lot of my childhood there in the summer months. It has scenic mountain views and its rich in its history. Of course, the food is pretty good too! There is something that has always been calming about the Italian culture and way of life. For now, I enjoy the hustle and bustle of the Canadian lifestyle but one day in the far future it would be nice to settle down there.”

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