As principal designer for Studio William Hefner, Kazuko Hoshino and William Hefner have been creating magic together for over 20 years. Kazuko attributes much of her success at the company to the fact that she and William share a similar clean design aesthetic, as well as, a great working relationship.
Known for her clean and modern interiors, Kazuko learned the ropes of interior design through consistent behind-the-scenes exposure to the furniture and textile making process. “I am a better designer because of it,” she affirms.
Since Studio William Hefner creates luxury custom homes from the ground up, Kazuko can work with any given client for up to 4 years. Of course, by this time, she has gotten to know her clients on such a personal level that the end of a project can feel bittersweet. Nevertheless, this type of personalized service and attention to detail is the very thing that makes Kazuko such a brilliant designer.
Even though Kazuko enjoys executing design projects from start to finish, the role she values the most is being a mom. The balancing act of being at the top of your career game while still giving quality time to your family is no easy feat, but Kazuko is making it look easy.
Karina Jones: What manufacturer would you love to partner with and why?
Kazuko Hoshino: Dedar Fabric, because they are extremely innovative and one of the few companies that uses old craftsmen and textile specialists but uses new technology to create incredible fabrics. Their colors are always pushing the envelope.
Karina Jones: Do you think design needs proper balance to work?
Kazuko Hoshino: I don’t think it is necessary – design should evoke feelings and emotions and when things are not in perfect balance it creates an intuitive atmosphere and calls attentions to the details.
Karina Jones: How important is travel to your design process?
Kazuko Hoshino: Travel is essential because it expands my perspective and peaks my creativity; the different smells, the food, the colors, etc. all open up a new world of design for me.
Karina Jones: What design book(s) do you have on your book shelf?
Kazuko Hoshino: Dior Couture – written by Ingrid Sischy with Patrick Demarchelier photography.
Karina Jones: What luxurious material is your favorite to use in your design work….currently?
Kazuko Hoshino: Alex Turco. I recently used it on a coffee table top and it is so unique that you often can’t tell what it is and when light hits it, it creates a beautiful look.
Karina Jones: What design event is your favorite and why?
Kazuko Hoshino: Salone del Mobile Milano At Salone del Mobile Milano there is the most concentrated amount of manufacturers with the best new products. The whole city is enlivened and inspired by design so I feel like a kid in a candy store—plus who wouldn’t want to be in Milan?
Karina Jones: What is the needed for the relationship between architecture and design to work?
Kazuko Hoshino: Architecture and interiors are symbiotic. I believe interior design should enhance the architecture. I feel they are truly inseparable and are a part of one vision.
Karina Jones: How do you like to spend your downtime?
Kazuko Hoshino: I have a rose garden that I love to spend time in. I love making rose arrangements, I have several vases that I fill that feels like there is a garden in our house.
Karina Jones: How important is eco-friendly to you?
Kazuko Hoshino: It is very important. I grew up in Japan where we have no natural resources – it was ingrained in me to be resourceful and I have always felt that it is essential.
Karina Jones: What trend do you see happening in 2017 in the design world?
Kazuko Hoshino: Copper and brass and smooth texture – but I actually think they are on the way out. I think using a mix of textures is the going to be the new forefront of design.