With a career spanning over 20 years and over 5 times Award Winner, Architectural interior designer Beatriz Richaud specializes in residential, commercial, multifamily, corporate, and aircraft design. Beatriz has earned a reputation for having a sophisticated style of design and a deep commitment to outstanding service for every project.
Beatriz Richaud grew up in Beverly Hills, California. She studied and obtained her professional degree in Interior Design in Newport Beach, CA. While studying the discipline, also she expanded her knowledge and developed an interest in aircraft interior design. Get to know the renowned designer with this exclusive interview for Best Interior Designers!
Ever since I was 8 years old I began to like architecture and since then I thought about studying interior design.
How would you describe your work style? Do you have any kind of signatures that help to identify your projects?
Through the years people recognize my company as Richaud, I would describe my leadership style as direct, and leading by example. Dedicated to designing luxurious interiors, the responsibility of developing perfect work requires a team of designers with high qualities. I enjoy delegating tasks and taking the lead on projects, but I also like to stay involved to make sure all is correct and inspire my team by showing that I’m working hands-on to help them, too.
Being in love with our work is always the key to achieving better results. Are you in love with this job? What do you love most about being an interior designer?
Yes, I love my job, when I design a project from the beginning to the end, I enjoy all the stages of the process, in addition, I enjoy working with my clients to discover their style and help them achieve that their spaces are designed correctly as they want.
What is your philosophy on design and life?
During the design process several steps are required to achieve the perfectly designed space, but among these important steps is to design what the client likes or the space requires, residential or commercial, and make sure the place designed looks unique, functional, elegant, and timeless.
Keeping up to date on all the trends is essential for anyone who wants to conquer this market. In what ways do you keep current with new trends?
I read a lot about the industry, network, and get social.
Which major international events do you attend or follow to get the latest novelties?
Worldwide or locally there are several events, for example, if you need furniture to decorate a project, you can attend Milan Furniture Fair or you can visit High Point Market in North Carolina.
How would you describe your personal decorating style?
Very unique and eclectic.
All artists need some inspiration to work, and interior designers are artists too. So, what or who really inspires you?
Visual artists can get great inspiration from songs, films, stories, or experiences. In my case, I have learned who inspires me are the clients: after I listen to them talk about what they like, I then focus on their needs to start designing their spaces.
Inspiration is something that pushes everyone to create unique things. What makes you see the world in a different way?
I am very creative, authentic, and I have a great attitude and this helps me to see the world differently.
If you had to pick one project around the world that you wish was made by you, which one would it be?
Improving downtown Los Angeles. I grew up in Beverly Hills, but for me, it is impressive that when I was a child I saw terribly designed streets in Los Angeles, and I still see them. The government or developers can help improve this city by providing new projects such as office buildings, parks, libraries, etc.
How important is a perfect chemistry between you and your clients to achieve the best results?
In this industry, the client hires you because he or she likes the style of how you design, and sees your talents but regardless of this, chemistry is important because this job requires constant communication during the design process, without the correct communication, you cannot get to know who your client is and what they like.
Choosing the best pieces to compose a project can be the secret to getting the best overall result. Although it seems easy, this is a delicate task and needs full attention on time to execute. Do you have some tips for those who do not know well how to start a challenge like this?
Richaud Associates always keeps informed about worldwide new construction materials and furniture. Our library of resources is very wide and suitable for all tastes so that when we start a project we are prepared to present the best.
Do you think working with teams in interior design is better or worse than working alone? Why?
I am fully in charge of all the projects from the beginning to the end to ensure that everything is well designed. I have done many projects myself, but I also work as a team, when you are dedicated to designing luxury projects it is very difficult to find employees or designers with a high level of understanding in this industry or talents, but when you are a leader, you can supervise to ensure that the project is perfectly done and each designer can contribute with their talents.
Is there anything exciting that you are working on at the moment that you can tell us about?
Yes, at the present I am working on some nice projects, after the lockdown due to the pandemic, I am glad I am busy, but I am still taking precautions to help clients with their projects. I have always been dedicated to designing Estates, mega-mansions, boutiques or multi-family projects, etc, but for the first time and among these projects, I recently started designing luxury condominiums, in Beverly Hills and West Los Angeles for the last few years have built new condominium buildings and clients have started looking for my services.
What has been your greatest accomplishment as a designer? What goals do you have for the future?
The ability to design Estates and large multi-family projects. Among my plans in the future are commercial and multi-family projects.
Do you have a favorite project or a favorite story about one of your projects?
I have many amazing stories to share about all my projects. One of them was the design of an Estate, a long time ago in Beverly Hills identified as Lania or Palazzo De Amore, owned by Mr. Jeff Greene. One of the first designers hired was Alberto Pinto but he never finished the property. Later with other designers, we collaborated to finish the property and the value of this Estate was over $100 Milion Dollars. After I finished designing this Estate, royalties began to contact me. But among other stories, I worked with the developer David Pourbaba CEO of 4 Development with whom I designed a multi-family in Downtown Los Angeles.
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