In conversation with interior designer Natalia Miyar

By Elspeth Pridham
April 15, 2020

Interior designer Natalia Miyar discusses recent projects and her love of colour

When was the business founded, and why?
It was founded in 2016. I wanted to create an atelier to produce individual projects each with a very unique identity. I don’t have a house style and no two projects are the same. I like to work with my clients to design a home for them which will suit their lifestyle and reflect their interests.

How many staff?
I have a team of 12

Where is it based?
We work between London and Miami with projects in both cities as well as New York, St Moritz and Ibiza currently

What is your latest significant achievement/project of note?
I was given the opportunity to design a show apartment in Battersea Power Station. We were given a completely blank canvas and created a space inspired by the iconic design heritage of the building – a timeless, luxurious interior evocative of London today with an abundance of rich colours, textures and lots of plants to bring nature into a very urban style apartment.

What is your favourite possession?
My dog Oscar and a charm I wear with him on it

I’ve just discovered…
An artist called Hiejin Yoo whose work I absolutely love. We used one of her pieces in the apartment in Battersea Power Station. Defining features of her art work include abstracted pops of colour and bold layered marks, I think they are inspired and always add a bold statement to a hallway or room. She is based in Los Angeles.

Who inspires me…
I am always inspired by really great tastemakers who live stylish lives; every aspect from their clothing to their interiors, art, flowers and even notecards! I have always been inspired by Oscar De La Renta and Giancarlo Giammetti. I think Giammetti in particular, is a very clever businessman with incredible style who embodies his work as a way of life which I think is a brilliant and rare combination.

I’ve always been a fan of…
Colour. I love creating vibrant projects full of glorious colour. I always recommend being bold in one’s colour choices for fabric, paint and furnishings; Pops of colour in cushions, throws and accessories will add character without a major investment. For me blue is a really versatile colour of choice for interior schemes; depending on shade and tone, it can feel calm or vibrant. I also always try to add greenery such as potted plants or flowers as another way to bring colour and energy to a room.

My highlight of the last 12 months…
Was completing a project in 432 Park Avenue, NY. It is a beautiful family home full of texture and colour. The building itself is iconic, rising 1,396 ft above park Avenue, it is the tallest residential tower in the western hemisphere. It presented challenges along the way but was a real joy to do and I loved being able to spend some time in New York.

My next design trip is to…
Antwerp. Following an amazing trip earlier in the year with BRAFA, I would love to go back and revisit the Katoen Natie Textile Museum and for a spot of shopping at Dries Van Noten and N.Vrouyr for their amazing range of contemporary and antique kilims and rugs.