Laura Pomponi CEO & Founder, Luxury Projects The car you drive... JEEP. Your favourite place to travel to in the world... I’m so lucky to have been in my life in almost 100 countries, therefore my favourite place is simply to discover a new special and hidden location! Your favourite hotel/ restaurant/ bar... Hotel Shangri-La and Six Sense Spas. Restaurant... I love food and cooking, therefore always a special trattoria as well as a gourmet restaurant! The place that gives you the most energy... BEING in front of the SEA in any season! And the place that enables you to totally relax... Relaxing? Simply reading books and writing poems better close to the beach or staying with friends & family. Your favourite food and drink... Pasta & Pims, obviously not together!!! Anything else interesting... Bringing my SMILE and happy positive approach to life everywhere I go! What direction do you feel design is moving towards in general terms?
Keywords: space, warm atmospheres to be lived in, cosy feeling.
And key trends that we should be aware of?
The increasing importance been given to space and to the related functionalities create one significant change in architecture and interior design: focus on creating not “crowded” spaces with the introduction of few important highend design pieces and be-spoken furniture as lighting devices. Space still means luxury and luxury means the possibility to enjoy big spaces. In the be-spoken free standing furniture and tailormade details arereally becoming an important distinguish aspect of the interior design. As in the project of a yacht interior a not dominance of structural furniture and the introduction, where possible, of free standing pieces, give more an homely feeling but at the same time a great added value allowing a lot of flexibility in any eventual future changes and refits. Name five key themes to consider when approaching design. 1.
Emotion is the leitmotif that runs through all of our work. “Our philosophy is to really enter owners’ emotional worlds so that we can create new emotions for them,” Start from scratch, a unique opportunity to develop new concepts Art and technology combined with attention to detail
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Lighting and Entertainment Systems Research & Innovation on materials
Fortunately Luxury Projects studio is generally not so influenced by the current “trend”, thanks mainly to our Clients challenging us with different and incredible requests, coming firstly from their cultural background. For the just mentioned reason Luxury Projects interiors are characterized by a cross-over of styles and the research of materials. We see yachts rich of colours and warm, joyful atmospheres in wide bright spaces where there is no contrast between living inside and outside.
to be able to create a new emotion for them, with a unique opportunity to discover new concepts and learn about new “savoir-fairs”. Each design should reflect a different taste: it’s all about a crossover of styles and always respecting the diversity. A designer’s work is so diverse – how do you manage to hold down a career and a life? Simply merging dominant common passions: traveling, discovering new cultures, curiosity for details. My approach is eclectic, using ideas picked up in both my work and leisure time. A really helpful and totally different professional background as engineering creates the perfect mix of creativity with a very organized approach to job and life.
What projects are you currently working on? I’m currently working on various residential interior design projects in Qatar, Geneva, Shangai and Malaysia and an architecture and interior design project in India. Commercial projects include Floating Suites & Restaurants, 2 yacht interiors, 1 interior and exterior and 5 refits throughout Europe. I’m also looking forward to some private jet and helicopter projects which are on their way.
How important are The International Yacht and Aviation Awards as recognition of talent and achievement? The International Design and Architecture Awards are a so well-known and recognized Award, that we are really pleased already to have been shortlisted and 2015 Winners with our MY YOLO, best Power Motor Yacht under 35mt.
If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
Listening to the Clients, we approach every project with a scratch mind, starting from the real beginning, considering the first aim entering into their emotional mind-set so as
Getting some innovative projects we are working on, that will allow the LP team to express their creativity and innovative approach to them.