We are delighted to introduce our new kitchen designer, Jesica Alatorre.
Can you please tell us a little about yourself?
Of course, I am from Mexico City, one of the largest and most cosmopolitan cities in the world, which in my opinion is what inspired me and started my passion for design and it is the reason why I decided to become an Interior Architect.
I studied in one of the best Design Universities in Mexico, this was a high performance University which made me forget for 4 years what sleeping more than 2 hours per day was, hahaha. It was extremely demanding and I have to admit that on more than one occasion it made me hate architecture, but in the end it was worth it and besides all the knowledge I acquired, it opened many doors to start my professional career.
After I graduated, I worked a couple of years for Rodango, an interior design company in Mexico, which specialized in the design and creation of exclusive and bespoke spaces. It was there where I began to learn how architecture and design works in real life. At this time, I was growing and developing professionally, I received an invitation to collaborate on a new project in Dallas Texas with il Granito, it was an offer I could not refuse and I moved to Dallas for a while. After that, I returned to Mexico and decided that interior design was not only about furniture and wallpaper, thus, I decided that I had to apply my knowledge and decided to experiment in the area of advertising and design with the position of Art Director in an agency called El Hangar.
At that time my career and my life were perfect until on the day of my birthday I received a happy birthday message from the person I least expected, it was that boy who was my boyfriend when I was 11 years old and I never knew anything else about him because he moved back to the UK. And after a few months chatting and skyping we realized we were the person we wanted to spend the rest of our lives with and I decided to leave everything and come to live on the other side of the world with my high school sweetheart. From that moment my whole life changed but in a good way and you can say that I am in the process of creating my path.
How have your first few weeks at Bower Willis been and what have you enjoyed most?
It has been incredible! At first it was a bit intimidating to start working in a completely different culture but fortunately I ended up in an amazing place with the greatest people I could have wished for. Angela and Jeremy taught me a lot of the way design works in the UK and it is a pleasure working with them here.
Are you inspired by any particular periods or styles of architecture?
Not really, I think the secret of a good designer or architect is knowing how to appreciate the beauty of the different styles, since we usually don’t design for ourselves and it is a mistake to try to get someone to like an specific style that does not suit them.
Where is your favourite place in the world and why?
At this moment Mexico, because every day that I’ve been away I’ve noticed all those incredible things that you have and I will never be able to find anywhere else. Its culture, people and food are unique.
What are you passionate about?
Besides design and architecture I love animals and one of my future plans is to be able to make an association or something to help them and create a little more awareness in the world of how much we affect them with our ignorance and negligence.
Do you like to cook, are you at home in the kitchen? If so, what’s your favourite dish?
I love cooking, in fact it is one of my favourite things to do. I always like to try new recipes and flavours. You could say I don’t have a favourite food as I have a few depending on my mood, but if I had to choose one it would be “ceviche” a Mexican dish.
What are you looking forward to most about working here at Bower Willis Designs?
Something I really liked from the beginning was that Bower Willis Designs has a bespoke design concept and for me this means there are no limits for each design and almost everything you can think of is possible. This is why I look forward to learn more and more using all the experience that Angela and Jeremy have with kitchen designs, and once we get used to each other, I would like to be able to bring new ideas and together create incredible things and experiences for our customers.