Aug 17, 2020 2573
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We met with Frantseska Tsebelis of Oikos Tsebelis Architecture at the brand new restaurant of Astra Suites, ‘Five Senses’, her latest project that with its unparalleled design made the whole Caldera turn heads..

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-What determined your passion for design? Tell us about the moment when you decided this is the way to go.

-It was a mix of things and facts• my father, who is an Architect, had a huge influence on me with his designs and ideas. Also my traveling experiences played a significant role on my thoughts and designing mentality.



-Can you remember your first design project? Describe it a bit, whether it is a gizmo you worked at as a little kid or something that was sold at a large scale.

-My father had a huge floor plan in his office. I was putting on some erasers and pretending that they were people in the designed houses. I used to play with this when I was 5. Then, i started building a huge LEGO apartment with all the amenities one would like from a real house!



-When you started your career what were your favorite materials to work with, and now that you’re at your peak, have your material preferences changed or evolved in any way?

-I am always into natural materials. I love and i respect nature.



-What are some of your early influences as a child that eventually drew you to architecture?

-My father, of course! And traveling as I mentioned already.



-What field of design are you most interested in? Do your works have anything to do with it?

-I don’t feel that there are ‘fields of design’. For me the art of design is a universal language.



-Chronologically describe what you are going through (feeling and thoughts) on your way to work.

-That was easy: feelings and memories!



-What inspires you?

-Good music. I am trying to think of something no one has thought of. In my projects there is always a unique concept.



-What is the most frustrating aspect of your job as a designer? And the most rewarding one?

-When a client interferes at my job. And when not.



-From your point of view, is design an art or a science?

-Design is not only the capacity to create something, but also to show the world your thoughts and feelings.



-How do you know when interior design is “good”?

-You don’t. If it’s just good, it’s not for me. I want the exceptional.



-How do you combine beauty and function?

-Beauty is functional.



-Tell us something unusual that happened in your carrier.

-Everyday is a new day full of surprises. That’s what excites me in my job. I never get bored!



-If you had no limits (money, resources), what would you create?

-A better world for less privileged people!



-Share something you would like the world to know about you or your ideas.

-I am not afraid to be weird.



-What is your favorite project to date and why?

-Every project i have created is like a child to me. Do you single out your children?



-What advice do you have for young designers or architects reading this interview?

-I am not the right person for advices. I guess nobody cares about advices when one is truly in love with his/her job. Mistakes are also a part of this love affair journey.



-What do you see for the future of design?

-The future is now. I live the moment. But if i had to ‘predict’ something, that would be a greater respect to the ambience.



-What are you working on at the moment?

-I prefer to show you rather than describe you. Actions speak louder than words.



-How important is sustainability to your architectural practice, and what are some of the sustainable techniques that you find crucial to implement?

-In the pursuit of global sustainability, it’s clear that if we’re going to make lasting changes to our impact on the planet, we not only need to pay attention to how we can improve modern society, but to how we build it. My main focus is to build a greener society.



-Does social media play an important role in sharing your brand’s story?

-As for any brand should! If you don’t understand that, you probably still live in a cave.



-What is the one object in your own life that you can't live without?

-I am not an object lover person. I am mostly into new experiences. And traveling - a lot!