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In Profile: Kitzig Design Studios GmbH

In Profile: Kitzig Design Studios GmbH

Shortlisted: for 2 categories

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2024

The International Hotel & Property Awards 2024

Name: Olaf Kitzig

Company: Kitzig Design Studios GmbH

Position within company: CEO


Tell us a little about your background in design:

After a total of four apprenticeships in craftsmanship and design, as well as further international training and internships in interior design and lighting design,I founded my company, Kitzig Interior Design, 25 years ago.

How would you describe your personal design style?

For me, it’s vitally important to create interior design specific to the tastes of the people it is intended for. I love interior design that’s exciting and energised through contrasts. These days, we’re very fortunate to draw inspiration from an increasingly wide range of fashion, music and art.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

Design is becoming more diverse, more individualised and more wide-ranging. I believe that interior design is a reflection of the Zeitgeist, consequently, going forward, I see it as offering increasing sanctuary and warmth.

What was your most challenging project to work on and why?

The profession of an interior designer IS challenging: projects with different requirements, deadlines with different parameters. Planning and executing projects throughout the Coronavirus pandemic has been my most challenging task in the last 25 years. When all’s said and done, the business of interior design is a deeply personal and sensual undertaking. It can be challenging to convey and empathise with the nuances of its multidimensional nature via video conferencing.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2023 and beyond.

Sustainability, global sources of supply, a focus on people, technical development, contentment and well-being.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?

Challenge yourself, but don’t overwhelm yourself.

What was your favourite project to work on and why?

Every project is special: every project involves passion and challenges.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?

Crucially important from a global market perspective.

What projects are you currently working on?

A castle hotel, a hotel in a former monastery, a restaurant run by a three-star chef, a high-class jewellery shop, a boutique city hotel.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

To create spaces that offer tranquility, excitement and calmness to cope with the challenges/turbulence of these times.

Which products/services could you not live without when designing?

Courage, love and, of course, high-end CAD and render programmes, not to mention as well as an intensive interchange with the customer.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

In addition to fashion, music and art, people themselves constantly inspire my designs.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?

Experiences and Insights from over 35 countries in which we have worked.

Your favourite holiday destination?

At the moment, I really love places by the sea.

Your favourite food and drink?

Perfect espresso and I love all kinds of sweets.

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?

I love Michelin cuisine, but also the simplest home cooking. A hotel in NY can be inspiring, but so can a hostel in South Africa.

Your favourite book, film & song?

I like a lot of films, but I can only watch each one of them only once. At the moment I’m reading a lot of books about philosophy and psychology. I’m also reading Hermann Hesse’s Steppenwolf again.

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?

With an extensive sauna session.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?

Art dealer or gallery owner.

Anything else interesting?

Everything is interesting – it just depends on the way you choose to see it!

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