Q & A
WITH ANTHEA LAKIS
■ Did you grow up wanting to be in interior designer or did it come about another way?
I've always had an interest in interior design but I didn't consider it as a career choice until I had started university. Being able to shape our built environment and have an effect on people's experiences within that environment led to my interest in pursuing interior design as a career.
■ When you aren’t being creative at work, what keeps you fulfilled?
The most fulfilling part of my life is my family. Spending time with my husband and my two sweet (and often crazy) girls keeps my heart happy. And when I have a few quiet moments to myself I usually have a crochet hook or embroidery needle in my hand as I work on my latest project. I love working with my hands!
■ What do you love about your career?
I love that black and white lines drawn on a page can be transformed into a tangible, built environment that can evoke a mood or feeling in those who use the space that we have designed.
■ Any random facts you could share with us?
“Every year, Walt Disney World’s “Lost and Found” collects more than 6000 cell phones, 3500 digital cameras, and 18000 hats.” (factslides.com)
■ Favorite travel spot?
Cyprus! We try to visit Cyprus every few years. I have family there which makes it extra special. We spend weeks enjoying fabulous Cypriot cuisine (my cousin is a chef and restaurant owner which helps), lazing around in the sun on Mediterranean beaches, and visiting beautiful villages.
■ If you could meet anyone in the world dead or alive who would it be and why?
One of my ancestors. I’ve always wondered what their lives were like on the island of Cyprus.
■ Top three life highlights?
Becoming a Canadian citizen.
Getting married – it was an occasion that brought so many of our friends and family from all over the world together.
The births of my two girls which has led to more and more memorable moments!
■ What has been your favorite project at Bold Design?
Albany Dental – I love the rustic, salvaged barn wood details juxtaposed with the sleek, modern elements of the design. It’s truly unique, beautiful, and unexpected in a dental office.
■ What is your role at Bold Design?
I’m sometimes referred to as the “right hand woman” and although that encompasses a few roles, my main role is to assist on projects through all the various phases. My focus is usually on the production phase of projects as this is the area which I enjoy the most.
■ How do you balance your career at Bold Design Inc and family?
Not always very well! But working at Bold Design has been fantastic. They accommodate my busy and sometimes unpredictable family schedule. I love being able to work and spend as much time as possible raising my girls while they are still little (even though it doesn't feel like my 7 year old is so little any more)! I have spent 6 years at Bold Design Inc. and as my family has changed and grown so has my role at Bold Design Inc. which has allowed me to maintain as much work-life balance as possible.
■ Before working at Bold Design Inc, what was the most unusual or interesting job you’ve ever had?
When my brother owned a restaurant I had worked there for a while as a bartender and server. Working with family is definitely a different experience to working for an employer. It taught me a lot more about my relationship with my brother and also about myself.
■ Where is your favorite place to eat in Edmonton for dinner?
B-Bim-Baab Restaurant. Korean food is my kind of comfort food!
■ Where is your hometown?
Having lived here for 17 years now, I consider Edmonton my home town. Proud to be an Edmontonian!
■ What places have you lived in?
I've lived in Johannesburg, South Africa – I was born and raised there. I moved to Edmonton with my parents and younger brother in April 2000 and have been here ever since.
■ What is your personal design philosophy?
I believe that design solutions should be as unique as each client’s set of requirements. The end goal should not only be to create a unique and inspiring space, but first and foremost to provide a space that addresses the needs of each client.