„I like to work in a surrounding which I love“:
Interview with Doriana Fuksas

Doriana Mandrelli Fuksas and Massimiliano Fuksas, MUMBAI range for Haworth Castelli Foto: © Castelli spa
Doriana Mandrelli Fuksas and Massimiliano Fuksas, MUMBAI range for Haworth Castelli
Foto: © Castelli spa

Doriana Fuksas leads Studio Fuksas together with her husband Massimiliano Fuksas. Over the past 40 years the internationally renowned architecture company with headquarters in Rome, Paris and Shenzhen, has completed more than 600 projects. An Interview about today’s working environments and how permanent values can be created for them.

Mrs. Fuksas, when it comes to the design of work spaces you cooperate with private as well as public clients. Do you see any general differences between these tasks?

The client is very important. For example, if there is a competition, he might ask for very specific aspects and, as an architect, you have rules to follow. But you might not – or not yet – know the people who will actually work and live in the building. So one main difference is not so much whether the building is public or private, but if you get to know its actual users. If that is the case, you can understand their wishes and needs much more precisely.

Studio Fuksas: Archives Nationales de France Foto: © Kamal Khalfi
Studio Fuksas: Archives Nationales de France
Foto: © Kamal Khalfi

Have the criteria in this field changed a lot over the last decades?

This is a complex topic. Today, we have objects which have a much higher performance than 50 years ago. We have computers, smartphones, tablets. We have other ways of saving and keeping things. You don’t need the space for CD-Roms anymore. If you have a small office or house you don’t need books because you have them on your smartphone and can read them wherever you want. You might just wish for a bigger screen to see better and not to be too tired in the evening. So a lot of things in our offices can be changed, and in our homes, too. And sometimes of course home and office are the same.

 

Studio Fuksas: Archives Nationales de France Foto: © Kamal Khalfi
Studio Fuksas: Archives Nationales de France
Foto: © Kamal Khalfi

Would you say that residential and office design in general are getting closer to each other?

I think so, yes. This also becomes visible when we design furniture. An office table is never just for offices. You can use it in a residential environment as well. Some time ago we developed the Mumbai series for Haworth, a collection of furniture which was designed for offices but which now is also used in houses. That is fantastic. I don’t like to separate these things. Traditionally, people take more care of their homes than of their work spaces. But if something is beautiful to touch, to see, why should it be used only in your home if in fact you work every day? I like to work in a surrounding which I love.

Studio Fuksas: Archives Nationales de France, CARLA seat for Poltrona Frau Foto: © Camilla Pongiglione
Studio Fuksas: Archives Nationales de France, CARLA seat for Poltrona Frau
Foto: © Camilla Pongiglione

Essentially you are saying: a good office interior is about much more than just technical functions.

Yes, and if it has a certain quality, it will last. In Paris we have a table which is 5,50 metres long and which was designed by Jean Prouvé on a special commission long ago. One client asked Jean Prouvé to design a meeting table, only for his company. We do not know the name of this company anymore, but the table still exists today and it is owned by people who love it. Of course it also depends on the budget, but you can try to keep things affordable. And then it is a matter of attitude. A client that is clever gives a surplus to objects, to architecture, to everything.

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Doriana Fuksas leads Studio Fuksas together with her husband Massimiliano Fuksas. Over the past 40 years the internationally renowned architecture company with headquarters in Rome, Paris and Shenzhen, has completed more than 600 projects in Europe, Africa, America, Asia and Australia, receiving numerous international awards.
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