Name: Orly Silber
Company: Silber Interior
Position within company: Head Designer
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
My career began on a very different path. I started off as a chemist, specializing in physical chemistry, drawn to learn how elements merge to create vital materials. While working in a lab has its own appeal, I always felt a desire to build and design spaces to live in. The combination of growing up in a family of contractors and living in different countries around the world, created an opportunity for me to build and renovate private residences.
After finding myself doing what I love, I decided to follow my passion and study interior design. As I gained more experience in building and designing residential spaces, it was obvious that this is the field that I will dedicate myself to. Since, I have been pushing my boundaries with new projects that require an unconventional approach, while interpreting clients’ needs and demands to create luxurious environments with practicality and user experience in mind. I simply love making livable works of art.
How would you describe your personal interior design style?
I like to call my style “eclectic elegance” as it reflects the sleek and contemporary ambiance that my designs provide, always with a touch of a unique element that gives the space its character.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
My inspirations come from the various countries around the world that I lived in. As a person that has passion for art and architecture, I keep myself up to date with the latest trends and styles globally via various publications and design sources. Personally, I love combining old and new styles in a way that is sophisticated and chic. For example, I have a great appreciation for 19th century antiques as well as ultra-contemporary furniture, I find each style intriguing and inspiring in its way, and subtle combinations can give spaces its true magic.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Generally speaking, I feel that interior design is progressing towards minimalistic design. Today’s approach is “less is more”. People prefer less clutter in their living spaces, a cleaner and finer look goes a long way. For example, a huge painting on one wall can radiate the right feel in today’s design as opposed to several smaller paintings on different walls which used to be the norm.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2018 and beyond.
The five themes I would consider when approaching design 2018 would be creativity, innovation, environmentally-friendly design with emphasis on use of recycled materials and energy saving in architecture and design.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be?
After choosing a specific design scheme for a project and its materials – stick to it. Innovate and create an atmosphere that is new to the eye. Feel free to inspire with your design, while allowing yourself to be inspired by others.
How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
I believe that International Design and Architecture Awards is vital for the recognition of talented designers seeking to cross borders and expand design horizons. In addition, the awards strengthen ties within the international interior design and architect communities, further representing the design scenes of different countries.
What projects are you currently working on?
My studio is currently working on several residential and commercial projects, each with its own unique theme.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
My aim is to branch further into commercial spaces, specifically boutique hotels. I am eager to design a boutique hotel that can radiate my “eclectic elegance” style.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession?
The people I love.
Your favourite holiday destination?
Destinations in Southeast Asia, off the beaten path
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
The Four Seasons Budapest
Your favourite book, film & song?
I have so many…
Your favourite food and drink?
Marinated Duck Breast
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Relaxing by the pool or at the beach
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
A very frustrated chemist with wasted potential.
Anything else interesting?
I would rather have others say interesting things about me.