An Interview With Oliver Heath: The Benefits Of Biophilic Design

Oliver Heath Interview about biophilia and biophilic design on mochacasa blog

Oliver Heath is a biophilic design consultant, architect, interior designer, writer and TV presenter who has worked on programmes for numerous channels including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4 in the UK and Norway’s TV2.

He kindly agreed to this interview to talk about biophilic design, the benefits it can bring into our lives, as well as share some tips on how to to make your home more biophilic.


My Design Style With Eleni From My Paradissi

My Paradissi EleniEleni is an architect, interior designer and blogger. Based in Heraklion, Crete, she writes the blog My Paradissi. An “online design paradise”, it is filled with stunning images and inspirational interiors (and is one of my favourite blogs).

She also recently started a second blog called Grecian Paradise which is dedicated Greece and its beauties.

With her keen eye for beautiful design and aesthetics, Eleni shares with us here some of her own inspirations and interior design tips.

How would you describe your interior style?
Eclectic, casual, effortless, cozy. I’m attracted to uncluttered, bright spaces with Scandinavian, modern country and global influences.


My Design Style With Igor From Happy Interior Blog

Interview with Igor Happy Interior Blog for Mocha blogIgor is a design and interior blogger – and passionate traveller – based in Munich, Germany. He writes  Happy Interior Blog, and features beautiful home accessories, travel pieces and everything you need for a happy home. It’s a blog that can’t help but put a smile on your face!

With his infectious upbeat style, Igor shares with us here some of his own design inspirations and styling tips.

Describe your interior style in 5 words or less.
Colourful, unpretentious, personal and happy!

What is inspiring you right now?
With the dawn of a new season I am largely inspired by nature. The first sun rays after weeks of grey skies, the first signs of awakening in parks and gardens, the colourful blooms on the market stands.

I feel inspired by the refreshing power of upcoming spring and want to embrace the season through little tweaks in my home decor, too.

Which designer or designers most inspire you – and why?
I do admire the ‘old classics’, the big names such as Eames, Wegner, Jacobsen. I admire them for their visionary approach to design, for envisaging and pairing the aesthetics of form and function.

I also love Alexander Girard for his playful designs. But I also admire younger designers and design labels such as Konstantin Grcic, a Munich based industrial designer, for his sharp eye and edgy approach to design.


My Design Style With Chedva From Rooms And Words

Chedva from Rooms and Words Chedva is a design journalist, blogger and consultant. She writes the popular interior blog Rooms and Words. Her blog features design trends, interviews with designers, and plenty of beautiful images that will give you inspiration for your own decorating projects.

It was a love for home decor blogs and magazines – but most of all for design – that originally led her to start Rooms and Words. And she has also contributed to various magazines including Go Style, Rue and Heart Home Magazine.

Based in Tel Aviv, Chedva is a mother (who has learned to survive on little sleep!) a bookworm and twitter junky. All of this gives her an original voice and fresh style perspective. She shares with us here some of her own design inspirations and styling tips.


An Interview with Margarita Salmerón Espinosa of schindlersalmerón

Margarita Salmeron Espinosa and Christoph Schindler architects at schindlersalmeron

Christoph Schindler and Margarita Salmerón

Margarita Salmerón Espinosa is one half of the Zurich based architectural partnership schindlersalmerón. Born in Valencia, Spain, she studied Architecture at the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Between 1998 and 2004 she worked as an architect at MVRDV in Rotterdam, Meili Peter in Zurich and Herzog & de Meuron in Basel. As well as her work for schindlersalmerón, Margarita is a contributor to the magazine Mundo Hispánico, where she writes about issues related to architecture and design.

Together with partner Christoph, they design and develop innovative – yet simple – modern furniture and home accessories in which the focus is the interrelation between form, function, tool, and material.  Their best-selling Kleiderleiste Slimline Coatrack still belongs to the very few furniture products successfully implementing mass customization principles.


My Work Space: Will from Bright.Bazaar

Working from your own home office certainly has its advantages: and is something more and more of us are doing either full or part time. But it can also present some design, space and organisational challenges.

In this new series we speak to a variety of interesting people who all work from home. They’ll give us guided tours of their work space, share some home office design ideas and tips on how they work and get organised.

Will Taylor from the interior blog Bright Bazaar

For this first feature, let me introduce you to Will who is a freelance writer and stylist living in the UK. You might already know him from the popular interior blog he writes – Bright.Bazaar – which focuses on colour and bright interiors.

As you might have expected, Will’s workspace is stylish and organised, with dashes of colour and some cool desk and office accessories.


An Interview with Dani Gassner of Ototo

Designers Dani Gassner  and Ori Saidi of Studio Ototo

Dani Gassner and Ori Saidi

Dani Gassner is one half of the design duo that forms Ototo. He completed a Masters degree with honours in industrial design at the Domus Academy in Milan; and in 2002 Dani co-founded Studio Ototo in collaboration with designer Ori Saidi. Together they design fun and quirky modern home accessories, such as the recently launched Jumpin’ Jack Salad Servers.


An Interview With Holly Palmer

An interview with designer of the Tea Cup Stool Holly PalmerHolly Palmer is the designer of the original and playful Tea Cup Stool. She graduated from Bucks New University, UK, in 2008 where she studied Contemporary Furniture and Product Design.

Here she tells us the story behind the design of  Tea Cup Stool, the process involved in manufacturing it; and reveals to us the designers who have inspired her.