We had the good fortune of connecting with Antonio Villar and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Antonio, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I was born in Havana in the mid-1970s. I grew up with my parents and an older brother. My father was a cultured person and an inveterate reader, but if there was one thing he liked in life, it was an adventure. My mother, however, did not share this hobby. She worked all her life since she graduated from the school of letters in the same place, in a children’s book publishing house. My brother became a chemist and to tell the truth, we never talked about it. I am not interested in chemistry and probably neither is he. I studied design at the Higher Institute of Havana. I learned many things. Many more than I imagined.

What should our readers know about your business?
I recently moved to Miami and opened a design company. I think Miami is a very special place for interior designers, it is a city in full bloom and growing at a frenetic pace. My company is committed to providing quality service to homeowners and apartment owners who need to remodel and update their homes. Even if they want to remodel a small corner, they can count on our help and expertise. Finding clients who are willing to bet on young companies in our industry is very difficult. It forces us to give the client the experience of having a project that is usually more attractive than they can imagine and so, little by little, we are sure to become a reference in the industry. If you ask me for motivational advice: “Never give up”.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I think the city of Miami has iconic and very special areas. Downtown and its design district, Brickell and its splendid and modern buildings, the party and charm of South Beach, the vibrant art of Wynwood, Coconut Grove with its bohemian life, and the fantastic Mediterranean villas of Coral Gables. I think, in conclusion, I would like to enjoy the night view of the Miami skyline from the sea, dock at the Seaspice and enjoy a cool carnival while enjoying a glorious mojito with them.

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
It would be very difficult to mention specific names in my list of thanks because I would leave many indispensable ones out. But I could start with my parents, the rest of the family, and friends. The road is not made in a day and I owe many for their immense help. If I concentrate on my career I could mention the architects Jose Antonio Choy and Julia Leon, people of great talent and generosity, who taught me a lot about design and architecture and also made me part of their family. To them my most special thanks.


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