Porcelanosa Lifestyle 13·11·2020
The new international momentum of Sapey + Partners PORCELANOSA
We discover the studio of architect Teresa Sapey and designer Francesca Heathcote. A year ago, the two of them embarked on a professional collaboration that goes beyond their mother-daughter relationship.
To Teresa Sapey‘s long and fruitful career, Francesca Heathcote Sapey contributes her knowledge as an architect and urban planner trained in England, and her sensitivity towards progress in social rebuilding through architecture and design, alongside research and innovation as the nerve centres of all her projects.
“My mother is a woman of air, dreams and a brimming sense of humour and creativity. I am earthy, pragmatic and a planner”, Francesca Heathcote told Lifestyle Porcelanosa.
A perfect pairing that is developing projects within the United States, Great Britain, France and Italy, as their cosmopolitanism and multicultural roots influence their openness and agility to move around the global landscape.
Marisa Santamaría interviews both of them in a conversation that brings together ideas, present and future projects and, above all, the values underlying each project.
Careers and experiences:
Having studied Architecture and achieving a Masters in Critical and Cultural Studies, she obtained a second Masters in Design and Urban Planning from Bartlett (UCL) in London.
She has spent the last ten years in this city studying, working and being actively involved in numerous initiatives in the sector.
She is a member of Young Urbanists (Academy of Urbanism), the Spanish Association of Urban Planners (AETU) and the Urban Land Institute. She also collaborates as an international consultant in urban planning projects, and she is a design professor at IADE and ESCP Business School.
She is one of the most renowned architects and designers in Spain. She left her native Italy in 1985, soon after graduating in Architecture from the Polytechnic University of Turin. She arrived in Paris to complete her training with another BFA degree at Parson School of Design and a Master’s at La Villette. In Madrid, she worked with Rafael de la Hoz and, after her experience with him, she founded her own studio.
Her projects include designs for hotels like Room Mate, Meliá and Hotel Silken Puerta América. The latter is a collective project in which 18 renowned architects such as Jean Nouvel, Zaha Hadid and Norman Foster took charge of designing the hotel’s various floors. Teresa was responsible for the car park.
Among other products, she designs lamps, textiles and furniture for firms such as Vondom and Luxiona. Interior designs feature her interior gardens, her colour philosophy and the connection of the interior and exterior.
Teresa Sapey gives life to spaces playing with fundamental elements that are linked together: light, matter and colour.
She has been awarded prizes like the Arquitectura de Interiores prize from the Community of Madrid (2005), the “Women Together” Award from the United Nations (2008), the title “Cavaliere della Repubblica Italiana” with the grade of Commendatore awarded by the Italian government (2009), the “Interior Design Studio of the Year” award from Architectural Digest (2010) and the Observatorio d’Achtall prize in the architecture category in 2013.
Cover photo: Jacobo Medrano.