In conversation with Patricia Villamar

An interview with Patricia Villamar one of the team members in Mortar and More.

As part of Mortar & More’s Stories, this week we’re chatting with our very own Patricia Villamar!

Patricia is an integral part of our design team and has kindly agreed to take time out of her busy schedule to chat to us about all things design related and how she found herself working in the creative industry.

So, without further ado, let’s grab a cuppa and get cracking!

Hi Trish, welcome to M&M Stories, we’re delighted you’re taking the time to chat to us. When did you realise that Interior Design was your calling?

I grew up playing a lot of computer games that let you freely create your own world and concepts like The Sims and Minecraft. It’s all fun and games at the start but then I started getting really into the type of setting and world I wanted to create. I suddenly found myself taking my time carefully fine-tuning the layout, choosing the colour of the walls, and executing my aesthetic vision like some sort of real-life project. Also, as Minecraft have expanded beyond their entertainment beginnings and people started to share their own interior and architecture builds, I wanted to make my virtual dollhouse as epic and awesome as theirs and from that it became my gateway to the real world of interiors and architecture.

Outside the virtual world, it was travelling that really piqued my interest. It started with visiting museums. I cared more about the fabric and details of the building than the actual artworks and the reason for painting a room a certain colour while other rooms are left completely white – I learned later on that it was to complement the type of art pieces that are displayed in the room at the time.

What was your first big project and how did you find that experience?

My first big project was working on Udemy. I found that experience to be fun and exciting. Having to consider so many design options and solutions to different types of requirements was very interesting. Seeing design ideas, sketches and 3D renders come into fruition reminded me why I love doing this. There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing something on paper come to life. I’ve learned so many new things while working on the project too especially having listened to many people’s expertise and suggestions. I realised that designing has so many layers to it that a lot of people don’t get to see. I started to appreciate the thought process and reasoning behind design choices that I previously would have overlooked.

Interior by Jonathan Adler

Design by Thomas Heatherwick

Are there any designers, past or present, that really inspire you?

Jonathan Adler and Thomas Heatherwick

Jonathan Adler creates fun and colourful interiors. He can flawlessly achieve an eclectic look by mixing materials and techniques from around the world – and imprinting them with his personal touch

Thomas Heatherwick a British designer and inventor who is committed to finding solutions through a working methodology of rational inquiry, undertaken through collective experimentation. His projects are crazy inventive, entertaining and provocative.

Do you have a favourite area of design?

I don’t have a favourite. I have interest in all of it. I think that’s the greatest quality of design – you can never get bored with it. I love fashion design equally as I love interiors. I think they have similar aspects visually and how they can affect people’s perspectives. Photographs can capture the very best and worst of things and even with just one photograph it can tell a million stories or spark a debate. Multimedia and animation create visual effects for television, movies, video games and other forms of media that make what we watch more exciting. It’s difficult to pick just one when all of them strongly appeal to me.

Jaime Hayon

Is there anyone you would love to collaborate with?

I would love to collaborate with Jaime Hayon, a Spanish artist and interior designer based in Madrid. He has a rebellious spirit that dares to break the rules. He thrives in chaos and his creative mind has populated the design world with vivid colour clashes, straddling dinosaurs and aliens, sparkles and floral gardens fusing them with the antique and obscure. I think it would be lots of fun to be working with that type of creative mindset.

What are your thoughts on what the next big thing for 2021 might be in Interiors?

More experimental design. I think as we have had the opportunity to sit in our own bubble because of the current situation that people would be more willing to push boundaries and be more daring with design. There’s an increased realization on how important interior settings are for our well being and how there’s a lot of factors now that require consideration. I can’t not mention the ever-evolving technologies out there that are being produced. Interiors will be fitted out with the latest technology whether it’s for the safety and well being of people or just purely for the aesthetics.

What can’t you do without when designing?

Scrolling through visual images and listening to music. Be it a simple painting, a scene from a movie or a random song. Also looking at art interests me – it is a tool for freedom of expression and its strength is tremendous.

Mercado Central Atarazanas, Malaga

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given and why?

“Slow Down”

During one of my trips to Spain I got to practice my broken Spanish with one of the olive vendors in the farmers market. He asked me where I was from, what I was studying and what I wanted to do after. I got too excited and listed out all the things I wanted to do and learn after being in college – that list included to be more fluent in speaking Spanish, learning how to take better photographs, try graphic design, improve my drawings skills, to travel some more, go bungee jumping… then he asked me to ‘slow down’. At first, I thought he asked me to slow down talking since English wasn’t his first language. What he really meant was to take things slowly and experience every opportunity to its fullest rather than trying to do everything all at once. He explained further that by doing so you wouldn’t miss a moment that might be important or life changing, that can only be realised by being fully immersed in that moment.

What do you like to do to relax and unwind?

Nap for ungodly hours. (It’s probably categorised as sleeping to be honest)

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?

I can be reckless. I tend to do activities or actions out of a whim or if I haven’t done it before and my inquisitiveness kicks in. I still enjoy my time in waterparks or jump into swimming pools without knowing how to swim because I’m convinced that I’ll just eventually learn how to in a dire situation (or I might just be brash). Another example would be trying out questionable food or hang gliding just to satisfy my curiosity.