September Member Spotlight: Charlie Bolivar
Charlie Bolivar, Charlie's Designs - New York, NY
When I was about 17 years old I realized that I wanted to be an interior designer. I started working at the D&D building in NYC at the age of 17 for a company named Decorators Walk. I started in their Sample Department, providing wallpaper samples and fabric samples to decorators and their design clients. I subsequently moved on to assisting designers in decorating the show room and staging furniture to create complete rooms to showcase potential designs. Eventually, I took over the responsibility for that role and it really fueled my passion for interior design!
Overall, I worked at Decorators Walk for more than 10 years, while also taking classes at the Parsons School of Design. During that time, I had the opportunity and good fortune to work for two amazing designers, Patrick J. Falco and Bob Johns. I eventually opened my own business in 2002 and have been working for myself ever since. Overall, I have been working in the interior design business for more than 25 years already.
Patrick J. Falco played a huge role in my professional development as a designer. He did amazing work for so many clients. Even though he passed away more than 15 years ago, I still consider that I learned almost everything I know about design during my time working for him.
My designs are usually heavily influenced by the nature of the specific space I’m working with. I believe the physical layout and shape of each room is an important consideration when preparing a design – including the relationship and location of that space relative to other rooms in the same house or apartment, and the amount of natural light in that space. Usually, when I walk into a client’s home for the first time, my mind races at a thousand miles per hour with different possibilities of what I could possibly do within that space!
Yes, I receive a lot of requests from clients to incorporate elements of Feng Shui in my designs. Many of my clients want to include natural elements in their homes, to create living spaces that look and feel relaxing and that introduce a sense of calm inside their homes.