Raúl Martins is one of the best-known interior designers in Spain. He is from Barcelona but he has his studio-house in Madrid, in the Plaza de la Villa in Paris. There, in his own home, is where he works every day along with the 7 people of the firm. His studio is located in an old house that has been renovated and adapted to his needs as an interior design studio. “When someone hires you, they always want to see jobs you’ve done before, which is why it’s very common to visit former clients. But the most normal thing would be to visit your own home. This way you propose a way of life and, in order to understand and buy it, you must first see it and understand it”, he explains.
He develops about 20 projects each year, “a very high figure for just one study”, he continues. For him the interior design is not about filling a house with furniture and paintings, but to make the space to have a meaning: “To understand a house is to understand the volume, that is, the cubic and square meters, is to mix the colors according to the construction, to understand the luminosity…” In addition, Martins works with artisans, metalworkers, lumbermen and glaziers from all over the world, which gives a unique personality to all his projects.
Let’s get to know this talented interior designer more closely by touring some of his latest works and an exclusive interview with Les Créations de la Maison.
LCM—How do they call you those who really love you?
RM—They call me Pipo since I was a kid.
LCM—What is your favorite app?
RM—I like Instagram and kitchenstories.
LCM—If you were not a decorator, would you be…?
RM—An historian or a pianist.
LCM—Who do you miss most when you’re on a project outside?
RM—My partner, my family and friends.
LCM—Tell me about a hidden paradise.
RM—Praia de Adraga in Sintra, Portugal.
LCM—An advice to those starting as decorators.
RM—To empathize always with the client without loosing the essence of the project.
LCM—I have to paint my new apartment; what color would you advise me?
RM—Without knowing the project I’ll say two things, a color with a lot of personality, if you want to highlight the space, light blue would be my preference. If you’re looking for a more luminous and subtle color, I’ll go for All White.
LCM—Tomorrow is my birthday and I’m in your city, where do I go to have dinner?
RM—Dani García’s restaurant, Bibo.
LCM—What “quote” or “motto” defines how you live life?
RM—Enjoy the moment.
LCM—Your favorite corner at home is?
RM—The chaise long at my living room, it has great views and a marvelous light.
LCM—Surprise us with something about your personality.
RM—I have a restless mind.
LCM—Do you have a pet? How is it called?
RM—I had one, but my agenda doesn’t let me have one anymore right now.
LCM—What is the song that always makes you dance?
RM—“Try” by Pink.
LCM—Tell me a deco trend that is coming and we do not know yet.
RM—The arrival of materials and techniques that we haven’t been using long ago, like the terrazzo and marquetry.