"Being an architect is, in a way, also being a psychologist." Krzysztof Miruć in the series "10 Questions to an Interior Architect"

25 of January '23

"10 Questions to an Interior Designer" is a series of short talks inspired by the series "10 Questions to...". This time our attention is turned to interior architects. In today's episode, Krzysztof Miruć talks about his approach to design.

Krzysztof Miruć - a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology, which he graduated in 2002 with a master's degree in engineering. He studied architecture at the prestigious Ecole d'Architecture de Paris-la-Villette in Paris. In 2003, he founded the architectural firm L'AB Architekci, where he serves as chief designer. He hosts television programs on interior architecture.

1 For me, home is.

A haven of peace. At home I relax and unwind. Home is my fortress.

2.The key to a successful interior design is...

Listening to the investor. Responding to his needs. Being an architect is at the same time running a service establishment. In a way, it is also being a psychologist. A bit of a sociologist, a therapist. You have to listen to people and respond to their needs. We are the ones who build the space in which they will live. This space is to be designed for them. It is supposed to be tailored for them. It is they who are supposed to be happy inside, not us who are proud of what we have done. This is the most important principle. Customer happiness and satisfaction.

3 I look for inspiration....

Everywhere. On the internet. I am inspired by people. I watch the world around me. Inspiration is all around us.

4. In cooperation with an investor, the most important thing is....

Agreement. Also, broadcasting on the same wave. Approaching problems in the same way. If we know how to talk to each other then a very cool project will be created, because it will be the result of cooperation. Mine and the investor's. I always say that an interior design is never created in my head. He arises always in our heads. It is our joint project. I always say plural, because my first idea also evolves, changes under the influence of the client's wishes and guidelines. This cooperation, listening to him, is the most important thing.

5. my favorite design style is....

I do not have a favorite style. It seems to me that a person who designs interiors must have awide range of skills, and that's what I try to have. If a client comes to me who wants a classical interior, I will do my best to design it according to these classical principles and make sure that it is not kitschy. If someone, wants a minimalist interior, I will also create a design according to the principles of minimalism. I will design his interior so that he feels good in it and that it has an artistic and aesthetic look.

6 The most valuable item in my house is.

Crystal glasses, which are an heirloom from my grandmother. Also paintings and sculptures by my friends.

7. The most common mistake I make when decorating my home on my own is....

We want too much at once. We want to implement all the cool ideas. To design for yourself is to be very restrained. It is very difficult.

8 My favorite material is....

I like natural materials that look good in the interior such as wood and stone.

9.A trend that I wish would pass away already is....

A focal point for lighting in any room. I don't know who came up with this idea and when, but in both new and old construction, there is always a wire hanging in the middle. I don't know why. Such a pendant lamp should only be above the table. Interiors are illuminated by lighting scenes. So I would like to see the central lighting point go out of use.

10: I would like to live in ... someday.

Italy. We rent a house there with friends. I feel good there. I like Italian cuisine, wine. It is a wonderful place. Although my heart was also in Spain, I would also choose between Spain and Italy, but I think I would bet on Italy.

Interviewed byKATARZYNA SZOSTAK

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