10 Questions with Maritza Lara Cáceres
"The ability to communicate a feeling or sensation through an image. For me it was also a way to show my loved ones what I experienced while travelling. It was a way to connect with them from far away. "
Please tell us a bit about your background and your journey into interior design and furniture making; why did you choose this path?
Ever since I was a child, I felt an attraction to spaces and the ability to transform them into something different. After studying architecture I realized that I enjoyed working in projects where results could be perceived faster than in a construction site. I also felt that architecture should relate to the user in the finer way- through textures, fragrances, shadows and light… I felt that interior design was the perfect way for me to communicate directly with the inhabitant of a certain space.
How would you best describe your work- what elements define the Capital Studio aesthetic?
I strongly believe that interiors should reflect peace and calmness. My goal is to transmit this elements through my designs.
This way the users can focus in what really matters, which is to be mindful of the present and enjoy the company of their loved ones.
Simple lines, sober colours and natural materials, like ash wood and organic fabrics, are essential part of my work.
I’m sure that each project is different, but do you have any principles that you always start when designing?
Absolutely. For me the first part of a project is always stablishing good communication with the clients and finding out what is it that they appreciate the most about a particular space.
Once I understand that , I analyse the space in order to take advantage of the environment and the natural light surrounding it.
Having that information in mind I start to design according to the needs of the client and the philosophy I follow. When the first proposal is done I like to get the feedback from the client and if needed, modify it until it is exactly what they are looking for.
Who or what has had the largest influence on your work?
I would say the rationalist movement in architecture made a strong impact in me.
Growing up close to nature made me appreciate calm environments. After I moved to a busy city, full of noises, distractions and visual pollution, I needed to find a way to create spaces where I could find nature’s tranquillity.
Most of your projects are residential- what do you enjoy the most about residential design?
The ability to enhance someone’s life with my design.
From a design perspective, what is most important to you in your own home?
Having a good balance between structural and natural elements. Create spaces that are comfortable while still fulfilling their functionality aspect.
You mentioned that you’re also designing and creating your own furniture- what do you find most rewarding about managing a multi-disciplinary design firm?
The ability to tackle every single aspect of design within the space and create an ecosystem where everything interacts in harmony.
A beautiful range of furniture is displayed at your showroom, Casa Quieta, with local craftsmanship and material use at its core. What makes locally produced design special in your opinion and how is that reflected in the quality of products on display at Casa Quieta?
The use of local natural materials and craftmanship can be perceived in every single piece we produce. The handmade aspect of all of our products give it a unique touch.
It is very rewarding to give back to the community by creating jobs that allow us to preserve the legacy of the artisans and their work.
"The ability to tackle every single aspect of design within the space and create an ecosystem where everything interacts in harmony. "
What made you gravitate towards photography as a medium for creative expression?
The ability to communicate a feeling or sensation through an image. For me it was also a way to show my loved ones what I experienced while travelling. It was a way to connect with them from far away.
How would you describe yourself and your personality? And how does your personality affect the way you photograph?
I would describe myself as a curious mind, always wanting to discover new places, cultures, people, and ways of living. The way I absorb that is by observing how people interact with spaces, food and spirituality.
I also love to see the way time transforms architecture, not only through history but also in the way it changes its materiality. I find it really beautiful.