Name: Priya J. Mitrovic
Company: Studio P Interiors Inc.
Position with company: Founder & Principal Designer
Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I was always into design at a very young age. Once I found out I could do it for a living, that was it. I studied at a technical design school in Vancouver, Canada called British Columbia’s Institute of Technology (B.C.I.T.). I learned a lot of practical experience there and was very prepared and was backed with the right tools to enter the design industry after graduating in 2013. I interned and worked for a few key interior designers and then a major developer in Vancouver. I later moved to Toronto, Canada to pursue my career further, and worked for a high-end design firm where I was exposed to a more architectural approach and heavily involved in permit drawings. After working for two years in Toronto, I moved to northern Spain where I did freelance design work, and travelled as much as possible for a year and half. I then set up shop back in Toronto and started my own design firm in 2017.
How would you describe your personal design style?
I would say my personal design style is contemporary, but with a “collected” feel. I love creating spaces with clean, simple lines as a base, and then permeating the interior with sculptural pieces, materials with texture, furniture and art that tells a story and reflects the people who live there.
Where does your design inspiration come from?
Travelling, architecture, fashion, food, museums, walking down a street. I am always inspired by art, as well as people.
In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
I think design is generally moving towards more sustainability, efficiency/practicality, and I think technology will continue to have a huge impact as well. People want to be able to live, work and grow in an effortless manner within their surroundings.
Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
- A more holistic living approach
- Technological advances (in materials, specifically in kitchen design, lighting, home automation, )
- Working from home – this is a big one that has been directly impacted by the current pandemic which is going to change the way we think about designing our homes in general
- Bringing the outdoors, indoors
- Desire for colour and being introduced in more sophisticated ways
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
I think the best advice I could offer in terms of design schemes would be to think about each space you’re working in, in a larger context and as part of a greater whole. The feel and flow is important from room to room – of course one area can have more or less going on than the other, but to really take the time to understand how each space relates to the next and are ultimately telling a different version of the same story.
How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
The International Design & Architecture awards are important because it shines a light on talented designers in several respective industries, and I feel that good design should be recognized and celebrated because I truly believe it enhances our everyday lives.
What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on mainly residential projects, with a mix of detached homes and condos + have my first commercial project coming up in the fall.
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
To continue to learn and grow in my career and in general as a person.
Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:
Your most treasured possession? Gold necklace (represents good luck)
Your favourite holiday destination? Barbados
Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar? Hotel: Mandarin Oriental, Barcelona, Restaurant: Minami, Vancouver , Bar: The Cloak Room, Toronto
Your favourite book, film & song? Book: The Power of Habit – Charles Duhigg, Film: Paris J’taime, Song: Currently Blue Lights by Jorja Smith
Your favourite food and drink? Sushi & a good cappuccino (not together!)
Your favourite way to spend an afternoon? With my husband, trying a new restaurant or coffee shop
If you weren’t a designer, what would you be? Maybe some kind of Artist or a Photographer
Studio P Interiors Inc. have been shortlisted for 2 Categories in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2020
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