Here, we ask designers to take a selfie and give us an inside look at their life.
Occupation: Architect and designer.
Hometown: Miercurea Ciuc, Romania.
Studio location: Brooklyn.
Describe what you make: I make buildings and products that are in harmony with nature.
The most important thing you’ve designed to date: On a personal level, the Madaras Chapel. It was an exploration in design and products that brought me back to my roots as a kid growing up in the forest. On a more technical level, my work for the Lincoln Square Synagogue in Manhattan was fun and innovative and has set the tone for a new streamlined design and construction process, now widely used in the city.
Describe the problem your work solves: Creating beautiful, sustainable design solutions.
Describe the project you are working on now: A virtual experience and sun-powered pavilion, a few townhouse projects, and a new jewelry collection.
A new or forthcoming project we should know about: A glass house in the middle of the forest in East Hampton surrounded by a pond.
What you absolutely must have in your studio: Quiet and very interesting people.
What you do when you’re not working: I love spending time with my son and my husband. They are always a continuous source of inspiration. I love swimming, playing piano, and reading—a lot and about everything! Yoga and crossfit… how could I forget.
Sources of creative envy: Alexander McQueen, Zaha Hadid, Iris van Herpen..
The distraction you want to eliminate: Social media.
Concrete or marble? Marble?
High-rise or townhouse? Townhouse, of course.
Remember or forget? Remember to forget.
Aliens or ghosts? Aliens—so fascinating. Sometimes ghosts are intriguing too. We’ll never find out.
Dark or light? Light!