Interview with Chus Fernández, Technical Architect and Interior Designer
Born in Madrid, living in Marbella, and with 100% Cordoba blood, she studied Technical Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Madrid and was awarded the Third National Award for the Completion of Studies by the Ministry of Education and Science in 1995. She completed her training with a Master’s Degree in Interior Design and Project Management at the University of Seville. Since 1.999, she is self-employed, having lived different professional stages, specializing in Reforms, Interior Design and Decoration.
Mother of two children, who are the center of her life, fighter and tireless worker, lover of sports and adventure.
Today we interviewed Chus Fernández, a reference Technical Architect and Interior Designer on the Costa del Sol.
+ In your web, you highlight two great phrases of two significant characters in the world of design. The first one is “There are three possible answers to a design: WOW! is what you have to aspire to”, by Milton Glaser. Why does this sentence represent to you?
I consider myself a rentless perfectionist, always seeking excellence in all areas of life.
When I work on a design, it is not enough for me to be good, I want it to be the best, some designs are good, others are bad, and others are that WOW that I am looking for.
+ Could you give us some examples?
I love to show the “before and after” of my projects. Several projects come to mind, especially those I call “time travel”, when you get a radical change that impacts you.
+ The second sentence is from Steve Jobs: “Design is not just what you see and feel, design is how it works. How does this translate into your projects? Can you give us an example as well?
Besides being a perfectionist, I’m a pragmatic person. Let’s remember that I’m originally a technical architect, so I never neglect functionality. I think that the designs that don’t work are temporary art that will be replaced by those that are a Wow sooner or later. A design has to be aesthetically attractive, it has to convey an emotion, and it also has to work.
As an example, we could talk about maintenance. Imagine a beautiful design that is impossible to maintain, like a wonderful window that gives you great natural light, but is inaccessible for cleaning.
Who wants to have natural light through a dirty window that can’t be cleaned?
+ We see an important presence of water, greens, and blues in your projects. What do these elements bring to your work?
I am a big fan of Biophilia and the natural, a defender of the “three Rs”, REDUCE (consumption of plastics), REUSE, and RECYCLE.
We have to take care of the planet. It’s our home.
In my Projects, I love to evoke the freshness of the vegetation and the sea. Besides, most of my works are developed in Marbella, and these are colors that evoke the environment that surrounds us. On the other hand, water inspires purity, transparency, life, freshness, and is a Feng Shui element whose presence I consider fundamental.
+ Which are your emblematic projects? Could you give us an example?
I love integral reforms where I am given the freedom to develop change. The projects I am most proud of are those in which the client has trusted me the most.
I did a complete renovation in Torrenueva. I was involved from start to finish, designing reforms, interior design, decoration, even landscaping, and achieving a completely radical change. Nobody would say it is the same house, neither inside nor outside.
+ What projects are you currently working on?
I’m designing many bathrooms. I’ve also developed the image of a franchise for a well-known online shoe company. The hottest thing cooking in the oven is a complete reform and decoration of a villa that I deliver in a few days.
You can see my Projects in my Instagram @chusf.interiordesign
+ Could you tell us about any project you have worked on with TINO Natural Stone?
Mainly I have worked with you for the design of bathrooms. The quality and innovative designs, textures, and finishes make your materials very exclusive and perfect for high-end homes.
Also, for both indoor and outdoor flooring.
+ Why do you use natural stone in your interior designs?
It is a versatile material, with which you can obtain formats that adapt to each corner. Also, the options of finishes that natural stone offers cannot be obtained with other materials.
+ Finally, why do you trust TINO Natural Stone?
I’ve been working with Tino for many years, a company like Tino, with the technical and human team behind it, always has solutions, both innovative and traditional, for the world of design and architecture.