Designer Martijn Frank Dirks from Studiomfd, a firm based in Amsterdam has a mission of helping others to pursue their dreams by translating the unique character of their brand and company into perfect personalised designs
Q: Why did you get into Interior Design?
A: After my BA graduation in industrial design I was annoyed by the slow process of industrial products entering the market (no 3D printing in 1999) and found a job at an architectural firm. There I got most of the interior design projects and that’s how it all started. I worked for various interior design agencies afterwards, finished a MA in Retail Design and started my own multidisciplinary design studio.
Q: How did you start up your career?
A: I did an internship at Marcel Wanders in Amsterdam and experienced the city’s great business climate. So I went to live there myself because of that. After working at various agencies I stared my own studio and slowly got in touch with well known Amsterdam based brands and companies. Their trust gained trust with new clients, also international ones.
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A: Travel and Leisure! It doesn't really matter where you go. Just keep your eyes and ears wide open and absorb. This way I’ve built a fruitful library in my head. Many of our designs were inspired by things I’ve seen and experienced in the past. They can be anything.
Q: Can you tell us about a significant accomplishment or project that you regard as notable?
A: I can't really choose one because each project is completely different. but you know what I love the most? The variety of close relationships with people that come along with doing interior projects.
Q: Where would you like to see your company in 5 years from now?
A: The aim is to grow internationally, to be working even more abroad than we do now. One of my biggest dreams is to open a New York studio one day and to live their for a few years, I have no rush, any time is fine with me, but 5 years from now? Yes Please!
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