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Maria Raposo has spent nearly 25 years working in and around Quinta do Lago. As one of the area’s best-known and well respected interior designers, Maria has seen trends emerge, tastes change and new styles, technologies and materials.
Raposo has spent her career designing interiors at Quinta do Lago. “Some houses we have done twice, having completely rebuilt over the years,” she says, explaining how the refining trend of the past decade has been a shift towards a cleaner, more modern aesthetic, influenced by the white walls and crisp, clean geometry and modernist architecture.
While also preparing for the demands of her clients. “They often have houses all over the world and they’re well-travelled – visiting the best hotels and destinations. They know the world and what they want.” Maria’s interiors are defined by signature pieces of furniture and art, struck through with bold patterns and forms. “l did a house in Quinta do Lago for a couple a few years ago using a very traditional approach – it matched the architecture of the property. Some years later they rebuilt the property from scratch using a contemporary architect, so they came back to me to create a new interior that was more in keeping with the architecture.”
Colour and light – both artificial and the strong Algarve sun – are essential, as is a playful approach to scale and accessories. Trust and familiarity are an essential part of the modern interior designer’s palette.
Maria is also attuned to the region’s art scene, displaying work by prominent local artists in her atelier and working with gallerists in the region to find works for her projects. She’s also a big fan of the furniture maker Christopher Guy – ”we try to always use some of his very classically modern
pieces” – and the Italian manufacturer B+B Italia, best known for its refined contemporary sofas and chairs.
See Maria’s full work here.