Name: Ewelina Chruszczyk
Company: Darma Ltd
Position within company: Director
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I was trained in interior design at Kensington and Chelsea College. Developing skills in many different areas from technical drawing to sketching and concept development. I have always had a real passion for design and interior. Know I run my own business together with my partner. We have experience with design and making, high quality bespoke pieces of furniture and plan to launch our own product range in the near future. Focused on design, building construction, joinery specialist and upholstery. The key thing about having our own business has been to develop a unique company, which will design and create everything for our clients, ensuring that the end result is truly magnificent.
How would you describe your personal interior design style?
Each project is considered in a unique way, specifically tailored to a clients requirements in order to achieve their perfect environment. However, our style can be described as sophisticated contemporary with the focus on comfort, elegance and quality.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
We are taking inspiration from all over the world. I am usually inspired by the colours of nature, geometric shapes and the clients.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Design is more relaxed than ever. I feel that design is moving towards colours and natural materials. integration of old and new products that engage with a customer’s emotions.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2013 and beyond.
– Quality materials
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to interior design schemes, what would it be?
Design that makes the most of interior space in a practical way so that it looks good, feels good, and is affordable.
How important are The International Design and Architecture Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
I think they are very important as recognition of talent and achievement for the future of our business.
What projects are you currently working on?
A number of residential project across central London.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
For next twelve months, we are planning to grow the business and plan to lunch our own furniture range, which will include soft furniture.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession? The family, house and business are my most treasured possessions.
Your favourite holiday destination? French Riviera.
Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar? GAUCHO restaurant.
Your favourite book / film / song? Interior and architecture books.
Your favourite food and drink? Argentine steak with humita saltena and a good taste of red wine.
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? (in no more than 25 words) One of my favourite ways to spend an afternoon is reading interior magazines.
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Artist.