First Person: business insights

Beautiful International Designs

with a Light and Airy Panache

Interview with: Christina White from The White House

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Who is Christina White?

I am Swedish but I have lived abroad since I was 19 years old – a couple of years ago! I have lived in Berlin, Madrid and Los Angeles, and for the last 35 years in Marbella. I feel totally international although my roots are Swedish. I have been working in the interior design industry for the last 17 years, and I opened The White House four years ago.

How did The White House come about?

After many years of working for other people I decided at the tender age of 60 to open up my own shop, and I have not regretted it for one minute. Why did I not do it earlier? I just wasn’t ready.

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Tell us about this project…

This penthouse in Los Flamingos belongs to a wonderful English family – right from the beginning we were on the same wavelength. Coming from England they wanted it light, summery and pretty relaxed in style. The apartment has stunning views of Gibraltar and Africa, so the terraces are as important as the interior. The owners are warm, kind and open people so I want the apartment to mirror their personalities.

Why would I need an interior designer?

Even more than in your own country you need somebody to put it all together. You might know more or less how you want the interior design to be, but where will you find the fabrics, the furniture, the wallpapers, the painter, the carpenter, the electrician, etc.? That is why you need an interior designer. Language might also be an issue so we try to make everything practical and easy for you. You decide together with the interior designer how to furnish the property. You then go back to your home country and when you return, it is all ready for you.

How do you work on a project?

In my case, if the property is already built I first go to the new home together with the client, and they describe to me their wishes. I then measure everything and go back to the shop to prepare the project. When it is ready the client comes to my shop and I show them everything. There might be some changes or there might not. I then make an estimate. If the client agrees they pay me 50 per cent on approval – the rest when the house is ready. When everything is ready and installed I usually fill the property with decorative objects, even paintings. If the client wants to buy them, fine – otherwise no problem, I take them back.

The White House

Urb. Marbella Real, Local 19, Marbella

Tel. (+34) 952 902 613 / 620 055 640

christina@whitehousemarbella.com / www.whitehousemarbella.com

Creating Stunning Bespoke Furniture and Designs

Interview with: Jason Harris from UDesign

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What were UDesign’s beginnings?

We started off as a small carpentry and interior design company making bespoke furniture, both for our own projects and for other decorators and interior designers.

How has UDesign evolved since those early days?

From one carpenter and one interior designer, our services now include:

• Virtual photo real 3D designers.

• In-house licensed architects.

• Bespoke carpentry which includes all types of furniture, designer kitchens and walk-in wardrobes.

• Specialist paint finishes including mirror-finish high-gloss lacquers.

• Upholstery ranging from made-to-measure contemporary sofas to fully-fitted cinema and entertainment spaces.

• In-house steel and iron fabrication. In addition, as well as our own brand of furniture we supply specially selected leading international brands of furniture, fabrics, rugs, lighting and accessories.

What makes UDesign different from many other interior design companies?

I think what makes us different is that clients are able to come to our showroom and design their own furniture in any variety of materials, colours, sizes and finishes, or they can choose from our own designs – which we have on display in our showroom so they can see the quality. And then we can create and design unique pieces to the tastes and requirements of each client. We then begin with a virtual 3D design so that they are able to visualise their home fully furnished, both inside and out and down to the smallest details. Once the designs are finalised we price it and then go into production and installation.

What do you enjoy the most about your work?

The thing I enjoy most is that we can literally create and produce unique furniture and designs for each client with very few limitations, so we can be more creative, not only with products for clients but also for our own showroom. For example, we recently opened our new outdoor showroom on the roof terrace (above our existing showroom), which is specifically specialising in fabrics and materials for outdoor use.

UDesign

Polígono Industrial San Pedro, C/ Países Bajos 6,

San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella)

Tel. (+34) 952 794 117

info@udesign.es / www.udesign.es

UDesign

Furniture Terrace

Chic New Outdoor

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As one of Spain’s leading home decoration and furniture designers, UDesign have placed themselves firmly on the interior design map. Comprising a highly professional team of designers, architects, 3D graphic artists, specialist paint finishers, upholsterers and cabinet makers, they opened a stunning showroom in San Pedro de Alcántara (Marbella) towards the end of last year – filled with outstanding furniture, decoration and lighting.

UDesign work with a large number of internationally renowned brands as well as producing bespoke furniture items in their own workshop just a stone’s throw away from their showroom. Their furniture design is of the highest quality and can be made to specific individual requirements in a wide range of colours, materials and sizes – for commercial and residential clients alike.

Now, UDesign have quite literally taken their services to a new level, opening a 400 square metre rooftop showroom (above the existing showroom) that specialises in fabrics and materials for outdoor use. Many of these furniture pieces look like they could have been created for indoor use but in fact they are ideal for the outdoors. UDesign are, in effect, bringing the indoors outside!

Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm.

Polígono Industrial San Pedro, C/ Países Bajos 6, San Pedro de Alcántara

(Marbella)

Tel. (+34) 952 794 117

info@udesign.es / www.udesign.es

 

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