Name: Karlen Sandrine
Company: Cittolin Polli & Associés SA
Position: Interior Architect
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I did my HES studies in Switzerland at the Athenaeum school. I have always had a particular sensitivity towards the art’s world and design, that I have discovered over time among exhibitions, travels, showrooms, various media.
How would you describe your personal design style?
The contemporary art dominates my style, but there is always a touch of tradition into my design in order to tell a story. I also like to add some unusual objects to make the scene more exciting.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
It comes from trips, exhibitions and various media like Pinterest … but every object, place, material is a source of inspiration.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Design evolves in a practical way, serving people and their daily lives.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2019 and beyond.
The design of 2019 should be practical, respectful for people’s diversified lifestyles, timeless, vernacular and ergonomic
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
The best advise I would give is the one of being open to what surrounds us.
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
The competition combines the creativity of designers and architects to give more and more audacity and novelty. It also allows people to discover the different projects and open up to the world of design and architecture.
What projects are you currently working on?
An architectural office in Switzerland and a residential house in Ibiza.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Develop my current projects
Your most treasured possession?
My computer containing all my life
Your favourite holiday destination?
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
Hotel : Veranda Chiang Mai
Restaurant : Hotel de Ville Crissier CH
Your favourite book, film & song?
Book : Le pouvoir du moment present, Eckhart Tolle
Film : The green Line
Sound : Show must go one, The Queen
Your favourite food and drink?
Food : Sushi
Drink : Red Wine
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Discover a city
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?