Elisabetta Rizzato is a freelance architect and interior designer, sharing her design finds and inspirations on her design blog, Italian Bark. Based in Treviso, Italy, she has studied and practiced architecture in Venice, Paris and London, specialising in retail and fashion design. Now she works as a freelance and in collaboration with an architectural company in her city, while travelling whenever she can to find inspirations for her work and her blog. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Elisabetta Rizzato.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
Urban with funky influences, with the attention towards history and design typical of Italian culture. I believe that interior design has to be a right mix between original and imaginative elements and things which tell a real story.
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
I think that a project has to start from a strong concept idea, result of the client history, from real needs and from the feeling you want to express with the design. Then, a lot of research around it, with inspirations put together on moodboards, pinterest pins and sketches.
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
I admire those who are always determined in their work, and who are reliable and punctual in their job. This could sound something formulaic to say, but I know from my experience that many times people show themselves in one way, then you start to cooperate and things turn very different. That's why when you find somebody who works hard and with passion, you have to hold on to them!
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I'm always looking for new and inspiring things, I've even built my own blog Italian Bark for this! Inspirations come from travels, fairs, people around me, magazines, the net….however when I feel bad and can't find out an idea, I use to go in the countryside with my bike. Sometimes your mind needs just to be empty to feel inspired!
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Being patient and work hard on what you do. I think you can really work hard only if you love your job, otherwise this would just become unbearable. I spent -and keep spending- so many nights and weekends by working on projects and on my blog first because I really enjoying doing this. Another advice is to learn from people, especially from those who have more experience, and to keep your ears always open!