background in the performing arts helps Polish-born interior designer
Aga Artka of Aga Artka Interior Design, Milwaukee, create spaces that
reflect her clientsí unique stories. "Growing up I spent a lot
of time on stage acting, singing and dancing. Iíve always carried
with me the power and influence that live performance has on people. I
think my need to tell stories through design comes from that
experience," she says.
studied interior design at the Milwaukee Area Technical College,
believes that a designerís style should be minimal and the clientís
lifestyle should be the priority. "I always say that good design
is invisible. If you walk into a room and you can tell who designed
it, thatís not a good outcome. The space should reflect the clientís
life, not my own," she says.
parents were involved in the arts in Poland. "It was an easy
choice to go into a field that offers such great versatility and
freedom as interior design. Creating a comfortable and memorable
environment is my goal," she says. Not satisfied with just one
business, Artka has a T-shirt business geared to interior designers
called Enough Said and has written a book for future interior
M: Tell us about
the book youíre writing.
book, which should be available at the beginning of 2014, is meant to
feature career paths that are outside of the box for most designers.
It guides a reader through a discovery and branding process that
broadens their professional opportunities. I hope it will be the basis
for a rediscovering process, which my co-author, Jenny Shrank, and I
believe is a recurring activity that leads to a flourishing career. Iím
writing this book to help other professionals realize the full
potential of a career in interior design. Jenny was one of my design
instructors and she was instrumental in giving me a solid foundation
in interior design. Now we work together and I believe complement one
M: Where can we
see some of your work?
I designed the lounge at the Clarion Hotel and Conference Center and
the Community Room at the Courtyard Square Condominiums. I enjoyed
creating those spaces. I also was selected to participate in the
Wisconsin Breast Cancer Showhouse in Milwaukee in 2011, the Design
MMoca in Madison in 2010 and the American Cancer Societyís Christmas
Fantasy House in 2009. These were inspirational spaces."
M: We understand
that you are an avid volunteer.
I was a student at MATC, Iíve been very active with the state
chapter of American Society of Interior Designers. Iím just
finishing my term as professional development director. Iím proud
that I received a Volunteer of the Year Award from ASID."
M: What do you
do when you have a little spare time?
a restless traveler. Travel makes me appreciate my roots, exposes me
to cultures and makes me more open-minded. I always make a point of
staying at boutique, unique hotels. They provide inspiration, tell
local stories and are so much more personal than the chain hotels. I
photograph the spaces and write a quick synopsis of the guest rooms
and the public areas, location and my overall experience on my blog at
AA: I love to
bake, create deliciously beautiful desserts that make appreciate not
just the taste, but the presentation. I love everything Cuban; music,
food, drinks, architecture. And, I also play Congo drums, inspired by
my father who is a drummer."