I recently interviewed Eva Sobesky of EIS Studio in Venice Beach, CA. Eva worked and studied with Frank Gehry for 12 years and then opened her own Design Firm in 2002. Her team of designers, and project management, design on all types of projects that include landscaping, remodeling, additions and entire re-designs. For each of her clients she prepares an on line schedule with images so her clients can view and follow the process. Her studio’s web site includes some pretty incredible modern masterpieces projects and her interiors reflect her clean modern aesthetic as well. How did you come to study architecture? I always liked making things, which are 3 dimensional. I like the art of creating and envisioning. What are your favorite materials to work with and why? Concrete and wood is so versatile, moldable and creative to work with. Each result is unique. What new materials do you see using in the future? I am into recycled materials. I see more and more materials that are more flexible and can be shaped into curves and fee flowing forms.
What is your greatest source of inspiration? I love to look at art and nature. Mostly objects that are created coincidentally in nature. Which architects, past or present, do you most admire? Luis Kahn and Lautner have such wonderful work. I think they truly created beauty with buildings. Of course I love Frank Gehry’s work- after all I worked there for 12 years. Describe design theory in 4-6 words. I want to create beautiful and contextual spaces. What is your signature mark that you always try to implement in a space? A special play of light and volume.
If you could redo any space, past or present, what would it be? The Getty Museum, what a missed opportunity! What have you learned about having your own business that you wish you knew when you were just starting out? Residential design is very personal . You have such a huge responsibility to meet the clients financial goals and design desires. Sometimes, it is hard to sleep. What are your best practices when it comes to client relations? Keep the client informed and be very upfront. Make the client a partner in decision making and problem solving during the design and construction process. What 5 things does a well designed home need? Good light, a space that is truly exiting and captivating and reveals something about the owner, closets and storage so that “stuff” has a place, an indoor/outdoor space and most of all, a “soul”. If you had not studied architecture, what do you think you would be doing now? I love to paint. But that is probably better kept as a hobby. Where do you see yourself in 10 years? We are always joking in my office that you have to be truly great at my craft. I hope to be closer to that goal. -Vanessa (aka Turquoise)