Georgia Ezra an interior designer that has recently established her own multidisciplinary practice GABBE. Georgia has a strict focus on interior design but started working for an accomplished architectural firm that designed a top 25 finalist in 2011 IDA Awards. She takes pride in looking at each project as unique, taking a holistic approach to design. Her team even work on branding, graphics and the architectural aspects of an interior. So we are proud to bring you the Designer Insights of Georgia Ezra.
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1) In your own words describe your unique style and creative aesthetic?
My style is a unique collaboration between modern meets eclectic. Spanish, Italian, Indian, Asian and Moroccan design styles are worked together with a touch of1950’s retro and modernism. It somehow works!
2) When starting a new project, what is your creative process?
With every Interior or design I approach I always explore ways to look outside the conventional box, with intent to scrutinize and by using concepts to transform and inform the space/subject matter. Concentrating largely on custom made design and placing incredible attention to detail I make sure I always deliver a final product with great exclusivity. I believe strongly in the importance of the hand skill…I design everything first on paper and all of my montages, perspectives and designs are hand drawn prior to drawing them up on a CAD computer program.
I think this process is imperative to fully allow yourself to design without structural elements obstructing ones creative flow. I look at resources everywhere, up to date magazines and images from years ago…anything and everything can spark a solid idea. My mind is a ticking creative bomb and so I find it very easy to come up with new concepts and schemes whilst making sure I am responding to a clients brief or even my own! These creative visions always need refining…however I have a great deal of fun with a pen in hand, a blank sheet of paper in front of me and a myriad of images to flick through!
3) Out of the creative people you have worked with, who is it that you respect and admire the most?
To be honest, I would have to say my university friends when I was studying 5 years ago. I was surrounded by talented and hard working designers as well as incredible teachers who pushed our creativity. We are so often forced to draw back on our creative processes due to budgets, client’s preferences/insecurities and a myriad of other factors that get in the way. So I believe it is extremely refreshing to look back at the work achieved by either myself or other university students in my year (and now) to remind myself of what we creatively are able to achieve when our minds don’t have set constraints.
4) When looking for inspiration is there a particular thing you do to get inspired?
I love this question…I get inspired by so many things. I usually find my main inspiration comes from my overseas trips. Walking through unfamiliar routes off the map, fabric Textures I find, seashells, food, colorful items in markets and international as well as historic architecture. I find passion from resources around, up-to-date and vintage magazines, art periods, books, graphic designs…anything and everything can spark a solid idea. My mind is a ticking creative bomb and so I find it very easy to come up with new concepts and schemes whilst making sure I am responding to a clients brief or even my own! These creative visions always need refining…however I have a great deal of fun with a pen in hand, a blank sheet of paper in front of me and a myriad of images to flick through!
5) What has brought you to this point in your career? And what is your advice for people looking to follow in your footsteps?
Throughout my climb I have had many people squash my confidence and many who have enabled me to take the jump. There have been extreme highs and I can admit extreme lows, however reminding myself that there is nothing healthy about concentrating on the insecurities has helped in the persistence in continuing the journey. Advice for others We all have raw abilities that people are dying to know about! The more we think of them the more we are able to believe in our self and we will exude an overall confidence, which will positively affect every aspect of our careers and our life!