Exclusive Interview With Vicente Wolf
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Exclusive Interview With Vicente Wolf

Exclusive Interview With Vicente Wolf

Vicente Wolf has been at the top of the interior design world for decades. He is known for his inspired residential, hospitality and commercial interior design. For the last 45 years, he has developed a modern design combined with a classic style. In his free time, he loves to take photographs, gardening, attend the theatre, visit museums and travel to remote corners of the world. Have a look!

Exclusive Interview With Vicente Wolf

ABOUT VICENTE WOLF

Vicente is completely passionate about his work and for us was very important to understand what he loves the most about it. The answer was quite simple but strong in meaning. “Creating, pure and simple.  I find that designing a home is like seeing a flower open up and reveal itself.  The discovery of inventiveness and having it all come together – to the client’s surprise and delight.” – said the designer. The most difficult time for Vicente in his career is the one we are all living now with the pandemic. “I think now is the most challenging time, given the environment with Covid.  It’s a time to not overcome but to go with the flow and stay the course with what’s right in front of me.” – he explained.

“As a young refugee from Cuba, my teenage through young adult years were tough.  Everything that has come since in my life has been an unexpected outcome of being in the right place at the right time.  I have had more good fortune than one could hope – to wish for more is asking for too much”. – Vicente Wolf

Vicente Wolf is undoubtedly a free soul. Asked about his dreams, traveling for knowledge and creativity is on the top list. “Having a six-pack stomach.  Finding a new place to travel to that I haven’t been to before.  My soul is at peace when I am visiting new lands and discovering other cultures, that in turn, informs my creativity.” – he said. The designer has an extremely positive attitude through life and when asked about what fulfills him the most about her work, the answer was beautiful. “I get great satisfaction, like all interior designers I suspect, from seeing my completed work appreciated by my clients.  Seeing my plants grow and bloom in the springtime.  Being appreciative of all the gifts I’ve received.” – said Vicente.

PROJECTS

When it comes to communicating with her clients, the designer pointed to Instagram as his first choice. “I’m loving Instagram. The platform allows me to not just show my work to an appreciative audience, but to convey my personal point of view of my designs.  Sharing the creative process with my followers allows me to communicate a piece of myself, which is what I believe they are also responding to.  I’m also working on a book, which I’m in the middle of.  As with my other books, it will further offer a more complete understanding of my work.  I also love to lecture.  There I have a chance to really connect personally.  My favorite part is the Q+A.” – said Vicente.

Vicente is currently working on a special project. “One of my projects jumps to mind.  I am working on a house on one of the islands of Miami Beach.  The client asked me to be inspired by Havana and my memories of the country.  Delving into bygone memories and accessing them for inspiration has been enlightening and a little wistful.  Remembering my childhood in vivid living color has, as you can imagine, brought up a plethora of emotions.  Juxtaposing them with the current vistas of my life has been inspiring on many levels.” – he said. When speaking about design trends and creativity, the designer defends modern with past influences. “Looking forward by having the past very much present.  Definitely, a more casual lifestyle as well as homeowners expressing one’s individuality in their homes.  More color and infusion of pattern in a comfortable setting.” – he explained.

The type of clients that Vicent is used to work for are very private and want their homes comfortable and discreet. “They are professionals, with many being in the public eye. Most of them are very private.  Very family-oriented, entrepreneurial and want their homes to be comfortable and inviting for themselves, for their families as well as guests.  They want to be surprised by a new outlook on their homes and are willing to take chances based on their knowledge and experiences and trust in me.” – he said.

Vicente is working on new collaborations, as he explained to us. “I have been working with Wynn Resorts on several restaurants and public spaces and I am currently working on a lounge for their Wynn Encore Boston Harbor hotel. For this project, I am recreating the posh glamour of the 60’s or 70s lounges, while also adding intimate details so that it also has a cozy feel.  I’ve been working with the Saatva mattress brand on designing their retail stores, recreating the mattress shopping experience.  For them, we are designing ‘viewing rooms’ rather than stores.  Here customers will have the opportunity to experience Saatva’s products in a warm, personal environment, that they have not experienced before.” 

TO FINALISE

When it comes to craftsmanship, we asked the designer who he thinks is leading the way. ” I think interior designers who are creating their own custom designs in quality workrooms will be at the forefront of the industry.  Trusted metalworks, upholsterers, cabinetry workrooms, etc., who can produce the range of vision expressed by the designer will be their most important asset.” – he said. For the final question, we wanted to know how Vicente Wolf sees the future. “Customization of everything, as I said in my previous answer – and the realization that we are being hired to be creative not to be shoppers.  We need for the powers that be in the design industry to promote our worth as creative people.  Media outlets and publications must promote the work of interior designers in a more meaningful, intelligent way.  We have seen an Instagramization, celebrity-driven shift in the shelters that in many cases does not do the quality of the design, nor the design professional justice.  Without greater integrity, I’m afraid our industry is at risk of disappearing.” – said Vicente.

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