Behind the Design: Ivy Interior Design Firm KAZA Interiors
Ivy Design Firm Spotlight: KAZA Interiors – Miami, FL
I am originally from Venezuela. I lived in Costa Rica for about 10 years when I did my 6-year Bachelor Degree in Architecture from Veritas University. I moved to Miami, FL in 2013, where I completed my Bachelor Degree in Interior Design. Miami is where my husband and I decided to start our residential interior design company, KAZA Interiors.
I continuously attend local market fairs and shows in the South Florida region, such as ICFF (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) and design events at DCOTA. At these shows, I usually introduce myself and my company, hand out my business cards and collect business cards to constantly increase my network of vendors and suppliers. Once we get a client looking for any particular style of furniture for example, I go through my network to see if any of these companies I have found out about during these shows are able to offer what my client is looking for. I usually prefer to work with local vendors as to not have clients waiting longer than necessary and then having to deal with state-to-state handling issues or import issues. Living in a design hub makes relying on local vendors easier. However, once in a while an out of state or international vendor has something very unique that I am able to offer a particular client, so when I start that particular project I increase the project completion time accordingly. That said, I never go to markets or design shows with a preconceived idea or looking for something in particular, as my goal is to learn and just increase my network as much as possible. Once in a while though, if I am in the middle of a project, I do tend to look for something that may fit my current project while I am at the design shows.
In one word, designing makes me feel unique. There is not a preconceived way to design spaces, and while my company creates functional designs and uses the rules of Universal Design to provide quality of life for any particular individual inside their residence, I do get to work with different styles, materials, furnishings, decorative objects, etc. which make my designs my own, all based of course on the particular needs and wants of the client. Moreover, and perhaps most importantly, designing makes me feel happy, as I get to work with customers who may be looking for something different in their home, so I get to be part of their world while the process is taking place, and then I get to see the smiles on their faces when their home is what they were envisioning to be.
Our clients are King and Queen of the design process. We are in business because of them and when they want to redesign their space, we like to hear about their wants and needs as well as their hobbies and lifestyles, so we can give design ideas based on how they would like their home to be and what kind of functionality they want their home spaces to have based on these factors. We also work with environmentally-friendly materials and products as much as possible because if health is important to our family, it must be important to our clients as well.