Trace Design: The Studio & The Blog

Hello World! So it’s been a long yet extremely fast and fruitful two years since my last post here on Trace Blog. It’s amazing to look back and see how much has changed and to observe what has remained constant.

The Setai in Miami Beach
View from Above – The Setai Penthouse in Miami Beach

In this time I worked as project manager for Valeria Lopes, a Brazilian designer based in Miami, FL.  I spent a year going to The Setai once a week for a remodel of a beautiful penthouse with North to South ocean views over Miami Beach. I also spent about half a year going to the Icon Brickell to completely finish a 2 bedroom apartment from the bare concrete slabs to final accessorizing. I was ID project manager in a design team collaborating with STA Architectural Group (as well as many other consultants and engineers) on a 17,000 SF new construction home in Star Island. I also managed and assisted with numerous other projects at the firm.

The Setai Penthouse in Miami Beach

In the meantime, I opened the doors to Trace Design Studio to begin to fulfill the requests of personal clients that had come knocking on my door. First, was a young Brazilian couple that had purchased a vacation apartment at the Trump Towers in Sunny Isles. Then a renovation for a young family with a Mid-century modern aesthetic. Then a professional grade minimalist kitchen for a personal chef. And, luckily, it goes on and on…

ICON BRICKELL
The Icon Brickell Apartment

I also took a creative hiatus the latter half of last year to experiment with display design and installations as a Display Coordinator at Anthropologie in Merrick Park. The company (part of the Urban Outfitters Group along with Free People)  is truly amazing and having the opportunity to take a peak behind closed doors, even if just briefly, was truly inspirational. It gave me a glimpse into the corporate retail world as well as the foundation of their compelling visual merchandising and story-telling.

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Golden leaves installation for Fall 2013
Anthropologie Fall 2013
Forest trunk installation for Fall 2013

Finally, I decided to open The Studio full-time and focus all my time and energy into synthesizing all this experience and information into Trace. I hope you will stay along for the ride.

Thank you for reading my lengthy explanation of what I’ve been up to. I did feel I needed to explain why I had been too busy to post but hopefully now you’re convinced and will forgive me for my absence. I will post about my latest projects but will mostly continue focusing on that which inspires me, excites me and informs my designs.

I’m glad to see you here. Let’s continue the conversation!

Best Always!

Renata

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2 Comments

  1. Juliana

    Awesome post!! Congrats on all the exciting new things coming your way. I wish you the best of luck!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Juliana! Hope you are doing well! Let me know when you’re in town. Maybe we can have coffee and catch up!

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