I am so excited today to re-start the Behind the Design series here on Stylishly Zen. It’s been nearly a year since many of us around the world went into lock down, and in this time design and our spaces has become more important than ever before. I first discovered today’s featured designer via Instagram, which many of you know is my favourite tool to learn, research and discover all things design. Thomas Cravero is an incredibly talented Argentinian designer based in Buenos Aires. His renders are absolutely captivating and discovering his work was eye opening to the infinite possibilities of what good design can achieve. Here is Behind the Design with Thomas Cravero:
Did you always know that you wanted to work in architecture? Has it always been your passion?
Architecture in my life is a passion that was born from a very young age, I think that at 8 or 10 years old I already knew that one day I would be an architect
How would you describe your design esthetic?
I would describe my aesthetic design as a dynamic architecture, something that activates all the senses when walking through it. That is, possibly my projects force the user to move, interact with the spaces. but also, I think it is a contemporary architecture that responds to the chaotic fluids of the modern era.
Where do you find your inspiration from?
I find my inspiration, looking at great contemporary masters of architecture, masters who understand that architecture is not just a box, that there are different ways to enhance a space, a home, or a building.
What has been your most challenging project so far? Why was it so challenging?
I think that one of my most challenging projects was the project recently carried out in the city of Ibiza, I think the most difficult part of that project was being able to mark that beautiful landscape in an unusual way. Forcing the user to move within the space in order to find their perfect perspective towards the landscape.
What is your favourite project to date?
I believe that the favorite project is always to come, one loves each project that he does, but without a doubt when you finish it, that project becomes one of the many that you execute, I think that the favorite project is born, when there is a client with give you the possibility of creating a new space, for me that is my favorite project from start to finish.
How long does it take for you to normally complete a project?
It all depends, the scale of the project, the client’s needs, on the other hand, also play an important role in the project stage, but I would tell you that a home can take approximately 6 weeks from start to finish, while a larger-scale project much more. weather. Anyway there are projects that are born in 1 week, all this depends on many factors.
What is your favourite part about working in architecture?
I think the best part is being able to create and materialize something that exists in your mind and transform it into reality, it is created in the mind, it is born as a dream and it comes true.
Any favourite travel destinations that you like to escape too? Why?
In the last 5 years of my life, I dedicated myself to traveling through different countries, always trying to get to know new cities, cultures but fundamentally being able to visit emblematic works of architecture that many of us see in the world portals of contemporary architecture. I undoubtedly believe that much of the innovation of the project process is nurtured by traveling and understanding how the great masters act.In my case, I have dedicated my last trips to studying the architecture of Zaha Hadid.
How would you describe the design style/esthetic in Argentina?
I think Argentina had great masters of world architecture, Cesar Pelli, I think he was our last great master who left his legacy in many of the great cities. especially in Malaysia where I create the Petronas Towers. But I think that Argentina, fulfilled and fulfills a fundamental role both in the past, highlighting that the only house that the famous Le Corbusier built in Latin America was in Buenos Aires and emphasizing that the first tower of Zaha Hadid in Latin America will also be here
Do you have a favourite type of project to work on (private/commercial)? Why?
I don’t think I have something decided, I think that if architecture is necessary to improve the quality of life of any user, for me it is satisfactory to be able to execute it. but I would say that residential architecture is one of my favorites.
What wellness practices do you incorporate into your lifestyle to help you deliver such beautiful projects? (This can range from workouts, nutrition, meditation practice, etc)
Undoubtedly, I believe that the daily balance of rest, sport and physical activity, and mental relaxation is essential to be able to develop good projects, fundamentally I believe that the connection with nature opens the head in some way for new ideas.
Any words of wisdom for someone who is just starting out their design career?
I would advise them, to prepare, to study and to travel and look and experience different ways of projecting spaces, without a doubt it is a beautiful profession that gives you the freedom to make something that comes from a dream come true.
To see more of Thomas Cravero’s work please visit his Instagram profile @tc.arquitectura
Special thanks to Thomas Cravero for taking the time to be interviewed for Stylishly Zen. All images courtesy of Thomas Cravero.
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