“My work is a constant challenge; the disparity does not 39 How do you approach an interior design project in the Contract Business? How does the creative process with the client unfold? You always must tackle any type of activity with great enthusiasm. Something indispensable is to talk with the client, spending time in understanding the order, getting to know the concerns of the promoters of the scheme. Restaurants are one of the types in which you have specialized and it seems that the restaurant entrepreneurs are increasingly taking into account interior design, but in a restaurant, is a ‘Beautiful’ interior design everything? Of course, it is not everything. It is necessary that the place works, that it serves the function for which it was created. In relation to your contract business projects, is it right to talk about a ‘Ramón Bandrés’ brand? I am not sure, but they always tell me that there is a common denominator: peace and elegance, which I think is an exaggeration, but I appreciate it. Bearing in mind the disparity of spaces we handle, it is difficult to identify which are my creations, or at least I think so. Is there a type of place where you feel pigeonhole me” more comfortable working? Yes, all of them. My job is a constant challenge. The disparity does not pigeonhole me. What projects do you enjoy the most: residential or installations? As I say, both of them. Each one has its own special characteristics and in all of them I like to take risks with the use and combination of materials. In addition, I have suppliers who can create “my shapes” just as I design them and that helps me to work without fear. When you choose furniture for a project, what are your criteria? The use and design for which it was created. Being useful is critical. What are your favourite companies? Kravat, Paola Lenti, Flos and a lot of artisans. I like to visit artisan workshops all the time and to use their work in our facilities. Is the chair a fundamental factor when furnishing a restaurant? Like pure furniture, yes. In order to be able to enjoy a delicious meal it is essential to be comfortable. Lately we have been seeing a lot of model casings from years ago. They inspire us when it comes to designing our projects alongside Kravat. From your personal experience, do you think that we experiencing a good moment in the contract business in Spain? The exit from the crisis is already evident. Our new studio is receiving several projects, both national and international, that make us think so. How do you value the boom in some areas of Valencia, such as the Ruzafa neighbourhood, with its” restoration bubble”? Ruzafa is an area that I had long thought would be an alternative to the excess of bars in the neighbourhood of El Carmen. In the future, it would be a clever idea to establish another area such as the Cabañal. Valencia, finally, should really look out to the sea. What is the project you are most proud of today? The first premises we made for the America’s Cup: 39 degrees. What project are you currently working on? We are very excited about the design of a short-length boat model: 10 meters. And I continue to design furniture for Kravat and for a hotel project in Dallas. Boutique T&K. Madrid. España. Spain. Hotel en Yeda. Arabia Saudí. Hotel in Jeddah. Arabia Saudi. We interview Ramón Bandrés, a Basque interior designer based in Valencia, collaborator with Kravat as interior designer and furniture designer for its international customers; and responsible for some emblematic projects involved in the restoration of the city, always related to one of his passions: the sea.
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