Francone Bespoke Taps is lucky enough to work with some stellar interior designers who turn our products into something that is truly a masterpiece. Welcome to Insider Interviews, our series where we chat to design experts about their inspiration, unique style and why they choose Francone Bespoke Taps.
In this edition of the series, we sat down with Anita Reartes, interior designer and owner of Br Atelier Design. Anita’s design philosophy is a blend of natural simplicity and the fusion of Northern European influences with a Mediterranean touch and the Japanese Wabi Sabi.
Can you tell us about your journey as an interior designer so far?
Absolutely! My journey as an interior designer has been both exhilarating and deeply fulfilling. Interestingly, my career in interior design didn't solely emerge by chance; rather, it was a natural progression spurred by my innate awareness of architecture and spaces. I began my professional journey as the Visual Merchandising Director at Burberry, where my passion for creating spaces that seamlessly blend functionality and aesthetics began to flourish.
Over time, I've had the privilege of engaging in a diverse array of projects spanning industries from art to fashion, ultimately discovering my true calling in interior design creating my own company Br Atelier Design. This path has led me to projects ranging from residential homes to commercial spaces, each contributing to my growth as a designer and allowing me to refine my distinct approach.
How would you describe your style?
My design philosophy is a blend of natural simplicity and the fusion of Northern European influences with a Mediterranean touch and the Japanese Wabi Sabi. This combination of styles empowers me to craft interiors that radiate simplicity, warmth, and a profound sense of harmony. As I continue on this journey, my dedication remains steadfast: to infuse comfort and beauty into the spaces. I often incorporate handmade pieces that weave stories of heritage. My palette gravitates towards understated tones, key pieces, and natural textures, which collectively cultivate a tranquil and inviting atmosphere. Nudes and foundational tones play a pivotal role in my design palette, allowing the architectural framework and thoughtfully chosen furnishings to command attention.
Recently, This inner calling led me to venture into designing furniture pieces like marble tables and crafting unique elements such as lamps and small decorations. Through these creations, I discovered a profound connection between my designs and my very essence.
Where do you find your inspiration?
My well of inspiration draws from a myriad of sources. Nature stands as a significant influencer, with its inherent beauty and organic forms serving as guiding lights throughout my creative journey. Cultural diversity, architectural marvels, art, fashion, and even the subtle nuances of everyday life all contribute to my creative reservoir. Thanks to my career, which has taken me around the world from Tokyo to NYC, I've been fortunate to draw inspiration from a wide range of environments and perspectives that seamlessly integrate into my designs.
How did you discover Francone Bespoke Taps?
I encountered Francone Bespoke Taps through my relentless pursuit of unique and high-quality elements that align with my design philosophy. While researching exceptional finishing touches for one of my projects, I stumbled upon Francone's bespoke pieces. The fusion of craftsmanship, elegance, and functionality instantly captured my attention, making them a perfect complement to my interior designs.
What do you appreciate about Francone Bespoke Taps products?
Francone Bespoke Taps products resonate perfectly with my design ethos due to their impeccable craftsmanship and meticulous attention to detail. These taps transcend mere functionality, evolving into exquisite pieces that enhance the overall aesthetic of the spaces I curate. The range of finishes and designs available allows me to tailor each piece to match the essence of each project, ensuring a seamless fusion of form and function.
What advice would you give to those struggling to define their own interior style?
Defining your interior style can indeed be a challenging journey, but it's also an exciting opportunity for self-discovery. I would encourage aspiring designers to begin by exploring their personal preferences, interests, and experiences. Pay attention to the environments and styles that resonate most deeply with you.
This inspiration can be drawn from everything, from iconic buildings and spaces to the colors of nature. Fearlessly experiment and blend different elements to create something truly unique. In time, a coherent theme will emerge that reflects your personality and design sensibilities.
If you wouldn’t mind sharing, could you tell us about your current projects or any forthcoming exciting endeavors?
Currently, I'm passionately engaged in a project that holds a special place in my heart—the home of a couple of American friends who have recently moved to Barcelona. The challenge lies in seamlessly integrating the iconic details of Barcelona's design heritage with my signature touch of elemental simplicity and a modern mediterranean vibe, resulting in a space that is both authentic and harmonious.