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AALTO EXCLUSIVE DESIGN

AN INNOVATIVE FUSION OF EXCLUSIVE DESIGN AND LUXURY FURNITURE CRAFTSMANSHIP Interview with Ness Yammine (Chairman of the Board of Management) and Jana Novakova (Interior Designer)

What is Aalto Exclusive Design (AALTO) and how did it come about? Ness Yammine: AALTO is an International design studio based in Marbella with a multi-brand showroom on the Golden Mile, co-founded by renowned designer José Antonio Flores. The company was born from the fusion of design and craftsmanship, associating furniture design with a luxury furniture manufacturing plant to produce the “AALTO Collection”, composed of over 60 pieces of exclusive furniture. Today AALTO has grown to become a onestop design service centre for both professional and private clients, handling residential and commercial projects. Tell us about your showroom and what will we find there… Jana Novakova: Our showroom is an eye-catching mix of our own furniture collection in high-quality wood and lacquers and a careful selection of other major European brands, which we prescribe in our interior design projects or propose in the showroom. The showroom displays more than just furniture; you can find decorative lighting, upholstery, decorations, art pieces and a selection of finishing materials – fabrics, wallpapers, paints, flooring, rugs, etc., all what you need to get inspired for your interior design project.

What is your inspiration and where do you collect your furniture and objects from? JN: We like to combine and alternate design styles to create attractive unexpected combinations, exploring past and present design and architecture. We experiment a lot by mixing hues, textures and patterns in order to blend them in an attractive mix. The inspiration usually comes from various sources, starting from new collections of wallpapers or fabrics, fashion trends, shapes in nature, travelling etc. There is “design potential” basically anywhere. We also work side by side with clients, listen to what they want to implement in their interiors, and build design concepts tailor-made to our client’s style, likings and budgets. We do not necessarily follow design trends, and are always keen to explore artisanal work of local artists and the latest collections from all major high-end furniture brands. We have a lot of objects in the showroom with their own history; we dedicate a lot of time sourcing original art and décor from all corners of the world. Attention to detail is key. Can you describe what projects and services you offer? NY: As mentioned earlier, AALTO has become a one-stop hub for design services where we offer tailor-made solutions accommodating specific requests

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