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  • Writer's pictureJustine Rowbotham-Belot

Coffee with a Designer Presents Interior Designer and Project Manager, Rachel Lahn

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 continue our Interior designer interviews, we present, Rachel Lahn.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

“My inspiration comes from many sources but it is generally from my own personal experiences. Often that can be through travelling and enjoying different cultures and the history there, exploring spaces designed by others that I have been captivated by, or through natural landscapes that surround me especially when I escape the city.”

When did you know you wanted to be an Interior Designer?

“I have my parents to thank for getting me into this field as they noticed my passion for creating and building spaces from a very young age. It was just as I was entering high school that they introduced me to the world of interior design and all the opportunities it presented as a career. They encouraged me to pursue it and even enrolled me in a few summer courses at the Art Institute of Toronto that gave me a sample of the interior design world. I remember thinking that it was incredible that I could actually make a living doing something that was so much fun and brought me so much joy.”

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

“Emotion is essential to a good design. A well-designed space not only needs to function properly but it should feel good for the end user. The emotion derived from the design will vary drastically depending on the function of the space, whether it be a bright, lively, collaborative work space or a dark and intimate restaurant with mood lighting. Regardless of the emotion, the design should make you feel something while you are experiencing it.”

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

“I would love to live sometime in the future. The world is changing so fast and I would love to see where we end up in 20, 30 or 40 years from now. I am always intrigued by how much technology impacts the way we design spaces and I think it will continue to influence the interior design world in a positive way.”

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

“The most important room in a household to me is where you do the majority of your living so naturally for me it is our living room. It is where you gather with those you love, family and friends alike, to catch up and unwind so it needs to be comfortable and flexible so you want to be there. In my house it is a multipurpose space that can be used to relax and put my feet up at the end of a long day, to sit around and chat with old friends, or to be silly and have dance parties with my young daughter. But regardless of what I am doing, it is a space I look forward to enjoying.”

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

“I have always wanted to live near my family so I can’t imagine living anywhere other than right where we are now. However, I wouldn’t mind getting away from the cold winters and would easily choose either Florence or Rome as I fell in love with both those cities while travelling recently.”

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