Oskar Torres is a renowned designer that exudes sophistication without pretension, offering clients “Renaissance Modernism”. Oskar has decorated homes and commercial spaces in Manhattan, the Hamptons, Long Island, Los Angeles and Palm Beach. He has been featured in the New York Times, NY Spaces and has designed rooms for Ikea. Oskar also studied at the New York School of Interior Design and has trained with Stephen Sills Associates and Huniford Design Studio. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Oskar Torres.
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1) In your words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My interiors are created for each individual client. I work closely with them to achieve an environment that they will enjoy every day. The aesthetic of each project goes hand-in-hand with the client’s personality, budget and locale. I like to think I become their guiding eyes!!!
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
Interviewing my clients to pin point exactly what they’re looking for in their new space(s). I utilize my 27 plus years of design experience to facilitate a smooth transition and in the process I educate my clientele about the decorative arts.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
Working for the creative design duo of Sills Huniford was an amazing experience and training in my early years. I love, respect and admire their design aesthetics & the classic roots they instill in each project. Why? Because of their indefatigable attention to detail, sense of proportion & architectural knowledge. I continue to respect them for the trust deposited on me while I worked for them; their mentor and friendship continues until today.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
Loving art history & collecting antique textiles have been a passion of mine throughout the years. I like to reclaim antique textiles to instill a new life for them: a pair of distressed velvet curtains work perfect to re-upholster a vintage sofa; re-using a fragment of an old Aubusson tapestry that I then incorporate into an amazing pillow.
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Since I started my career as an interior designer and vintage and antique textiles collector I have been open to learn from others: A great virtue indeed. Taking risks within boundaries and the clients’ budgets make you grow as a designer. My advice is: be confident in your design process but most importantly: listen to your clients!