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Dochia Interior Design

Designer In Profile: Adriana Mot, Dochia Interior Design

Dochia Interior Design
have been shortlisted for 4 Categories in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2021. Read more about Owner Adriana Mot below:

Name: Adriana Mot
Company: Dochia Interior Design
Position within company: Owner

Other sites:
Personal Website
YouTube channel

Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)
I am an architect by training, and own an award-winning interior design practice in Toronto, Canada.

I was born in Europe and received my professional Architecture and Environmental Design degrees from the University of Waterloo. I believe in constant learning, the importance of creativity in all aspects of life and I dab here and there in all things creative, from interior design and architecture to fine art and writing.

My design sensibility reflects my philosophy of an Impeccable Lifestyle – a lifestyle rooted in self-confidence and personal idiosyncrasies. 

How would you describe your personal design style?
I create refined and comfortable interiors by buildings beautiful connections between people and their surroundings.

My signature style is a unique mix of culturally and stylistically diverse elements with a confident, well-curated and cosmopolitan vibe.

I love creating interiors that are artful, memorable and unique.

I have developed the concept of Impeccable Lifestyle™ that relies on design as a tool for positive and personal change. Interiors if done right have the power of making you reach your best self and live an impeccable life.

Where does your design inspiration come from?
Art, architecture, travels, people, history and tradition, habits and patterns of living. I have an About Me video on my youtube channel where I talk about this:

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
I believe that design will be more and more a tool for positive change. Social responsibility and personal preferences will govern lifestyle and coexist as the new design norms.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2020 and beyond.
1. The positive mood setting quality of interior environments
2. Visually assertive spaces, distinct, memorable and stimulating
3. Healthy interiors through smart and ecological design
4. Minimalism and practicality
5. The use of local sources

Watch for my upcoming series on do’s and do not’s of design:, or you can read more about my ideas on my blog:

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?
Anchor design in the idiosyncrasies of the project requirements and interpret them artistically through your sense of style. Design is a solution to a problem. The better is the problem understood, the easier it will be for your to use your personal style to generate a successful design solution.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?
The strength of the award programme relies in the careful selection and narrowing down of an exquisite selection of finalists. The shortlisted projects are great representative of current design trends and that, combined with having design peers judge the entry sets the award apart from others as a true top selection of relevant and current designs.

What projects are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a number of multi-unit high-rise condominium buildings together with a number of new luxury private residences.

What was your favourite project to work on and why?
I like every project that I work on. Instead of having a favourite project, I would say that I have a favourite moment in the development of each project. And that is the so called “aha” moment, when I know what direction I want to take the design into. It is extremely rewarding knowing that you’ve solved the design well.

What was your most challenging project to work on and why?
The most challenging project I had to work on was the renovation of a rehabilitation centre in Toronto. Mixing the practical necessities of such an institution with my preference for an aesthetically rich and visually stimulating design was one of the biggest challenges I had up to now as a designer.

Which products/services could you not live without when designing?
Artisans and craftsmen. I love designing artistic, custom pieces that enhance the interior environments that I work on and I need the masters that will help me execute them.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
There are many plans for business development and I am specifically looking for projects and opportunities that will allow me to apply my knowledge of design and personal style. But one goal that I will be working on is to find the best way to celebrating the ten year anniversary of my design company and the wonderful team without which I could not be where I am today.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?
Gifts from people that matter.

Your favourite holiday destination?
I like exploring various destinations and constantly learning about how people live in various parts of the world. If I am to pick a favourite, I would pick three: London UK, Italy, all of it and: possibly Japan, where I would love to go but have not been yet!

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?
Current favourites, as they do change with time: Hotel Yountville, in Napa Valley for a superb atmosphere and perfect pampering of their guests. Mamakas restaurant in Toronto for the amazing fusion cuisine. Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville for the best dancing experience I’ve ever had

Your favourite book, film & song?
Wuthering Heights is probably the one book that touched me like no other – possibly also because of the time in my life when I read it – the teenage years. Parasite – for it’s cinematic qualities and the almost physical bond between architecture and people. Midnight by Swingrowers – for the exquisite mix of old rhythms with contemporary beat.

Your favourite food and drink?
Complex salads with good mix of veggies, fruits, meats or sushi topping and minimal dressing. I love wine, especially deep Cabs.

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
In the sun, reading.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?


Anything else interesting?
I’m a strong believer in the importance of creativity and design in helping people live a better life. Staying curious, continuous learning and staying alert and positive is my mantra.  I’ve recently started my Youtube Channel where I will be exploring how design is weaved into our lives and what it means to live a life by design.

Dochia Interior Design have been shortlisted for 4 Categories in The International Design and Architecture Awards 2021.

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