Designer In Profile: Rosa May Sampaio, Director of Rosa May Decoração de Interiores – shortlisted in The International Design & Architecture Awards 2017

Name: Rosa May SampaioRosa May Sampaio
Company: Rosa May Decoração de Interiores
Position within company: Director

Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)

I recieved a BA in Literature at Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro, and a bit later I studied Art History at Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs at Louvre, in Paris. Later I studied interior design at Espade, in São Paulo, all before starting working professionally more than 20 years ago. Since, I have participated in some of the most important decorating shows in South America, among them Casa Cor in São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Casa FOA in Buenos Aires.

How would you describe your personal interior design style?

My designs are characterized by cozy atmospheres and the harmonious composition of furnishings, decorative objects and sophisticated finishes, all selected with great discretion and knowledge. The refinement of my ambients stems from the mix between contemporary design and antiques like tapestries, fabrics, classic furniture, porcelain and fine fabrics. Mixing neutral colours and punctuate them with vibrant artwork is also something I enjoy doing.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

My greatest inspiration comes from nature. My work is very intuitive and I have lived in different countries and have a very big extended family. Putting up homes in the city, the beach and the country was something I did with my family from a very young age.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

I feel design is moving towards comfort and practicality. People in South America spend more time at home than they used to, so they want a cozy home where things work well.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2017 and beyond.

Sustainability is a very important theme that has made its way into interior design. Art is gaining a lot of importance as many young people take a greater interest in it. The proportion of the spaces is also very important. The use of automation. And comfort.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be?

Choose a home with a good floorplan, and if it doesn’t have a good one then work with an interior designer on it. Interior design is relegated, architects many times prioritize the outside but the interior is where one will spend most of its time

How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?

I think it’s extremely important. I am honoured to participate.

What projects are you currently working on?

A country house in the province of São Paulo, with more than 1000m², where I am doing both the architecture and the interior design. I am also finishing a penthouse in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

I would love to design a hotel and work more on landscaping.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession?
My family.

Your favourite holiday destination?
José Ignacio, Uruguay.

Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
La Caracola, in Laguna Garzon, Uruguay.

Your favourite book / film / song?

Book: Climats- André Maurois
Film: Por el Camino – Chaly Braun
Song: Águas de Março – Tom Jobim

Your favourite food and drink?
My favourite food is artichoke and my favourite drink is beer

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
When not working, resting at home!

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
A farmer.


Rosa May Sampaio