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Interview with Ciszak Dalmas

Photo by Luca Venter

Ciszak Dalmas is an architecture and design studio founded in 2009 by Alberto Gobbino Ciszak and Andrea Caruso Dalmas. Since then, the pair have been channelling their creative energies into a plethora of hopelessly elegant and sophisticated projects. We spoke with Alberto, who graciously invited us for a chat in their beautiful studio in the centre of Madrid.


www.ciszakdalmas.com     |     www.laclinicadesign.com


General Question:

What have been the major milestones in your career?

We’ve always been very focused on quality. So working on projects with value, whether that value be aesthetic, content-driven, or even in the type of people we work with.

Also, getting involved in creative collaborations. We think that two heads get better results than one. 

Our studio is pretty small, but we’ve managed to work on huge projects. So we’ve found a way to minimise some of the organisational aspects and learn to be flexible.


 Chain Question:

Where do you go / What do you do to get re-energized? Asked by Scout Books

Traveling helps, but it’s a slightly banal answer. 

I think connecting with different types of people is important. And learning from them, too. That’s very re-energising.

Also, sports! Every Friday everyone in the studio gets together to play football. We actually call it Holy Friday!

 Are you happy?


 Quick-fire Questions:

1. How much of your day do you spend working?

Nine or ten hours on average. But probably more. And we often work on weekends.

2. Where is your ideal work environment?

Our studio. I think we have a great space, and it’s important for us to be in the centre of Madrid.

3. What do you hope to get across with your work?

Andrea and I are fascinated by learning, and transforming what we learn into a product. And we always want to see our customers as partners; to develop an honest, human connection with them.

4. What inspires you?

I could list lots of designers, books and directors, but I think curiosity is what inspires us the most.

5. What's the secret to a successful day's work?

I don’t usually remember them because they tend to fly by! Unsuccessful days drag on forever.

6. Is there anything in your life that you can't live without?

Ideas. Life would be boring without them.

7. Is there anything about you that people might not know?

Yes. But I’m not going to tell you.

8. What would be your dream project?

Right now, I have no idea. But I hope to never lose that freedom of thought and creativity that keeps us going.

9. What is the most time-consuming aspect of your work?

Even though it’s necessary, the management and organisational side of things usually takes up the most time.

10. What legacy would you like to leave behind?

To not make rubbish!