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Inspiring Conversations with Yael Margalit

Hi Yael, please kick things off for us with an introduction to yourself and your story.
Growing up, I was constantly put into creative environments. I had my mom on one side taking me to museums and galleries, coming up with art projects and imagination games, and encouraged me to participate and study performing and visual arts. On the other side my dad, who owns a stone fabrication company, would bring me along to his job sites where I was exposed to the world of natural and man-made stone made into living experiences. My love for architecture and design was established my senior year of high school. For the first time, they offered an architecture course where I designed my first 3D model of a circular open concept home; having the perfect combination of creativity and functionality. Fast-forwarding through my three years of college at Boston University and losing my creative touch a bit; I decided to take on a design elective during my last semester of my senior year. We were given the assignment to redesign a brownstone building into a boutique hotel. My wheels started turning again and I created a hotel that served as functional art. My professor encouraged me to pursue a career in design, but at the time I could not fathom more schooling.

After a year of a terrible desk job, I found my mind constantly gravitating towards design. One day I found myself enrolling into a two years design program at UCLA, which provided me a solid foundation for my future in the design world. Throughout the program, I was working for my family’s stone fabrication company, which exposed me to a lot of the dirty work behind the glamorous finished products of design. Having the opportunity to learn about construction and not just my niche has helped me excel in the design field. After completing the program, I worked for various designers and builders. I slowly took on my own personal clients and quickly realized my Aries nature would force me to start my own business. Today I am working on my first project out of Los Angeles; a home in Rye, New York. I am also working on three homes in Los Angeles. I reflect on my time in the design industry and have committed myself to growing and evolving. While working on my current projects, I have made a commitment to studying sustainable construction and design.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
The road to where I am today hasn’t been the smoothest, but as I grow the road is getting less bumpy along the way. When I was in my early twenties working for my family’s stone fabrication company, I was consistently the only female on a job site and was constantly questioned as to whether I could do “my job” because I was a female. Experiencing the sexist tendencies of humans toughened me up and taught me how to prove to clients that I am more than capable to do “my job”. I run into these strong egoic personalities daily in the design and construction world. I think the trick is knowing that not everything deserves a reaction. Starting and growing my design business has been a game of trusting my instincts. I tell myself daily that as long as I work hard, continue to learn and stay in tune with my artistic talent I will succeed. I believe in myself and know that the universe is on my side.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a full-service design studio that transforms spaces using fluid mindful design. I provide services ranging from architectural design, interior design, exterior design to furniture design. I work with ground up as well as remodel construction. I work in residential, commercial and hospitality spaces. I think what sets me apart from others is my knowledge and experience in the construction world, which has contributed to the functionality of my designs. It’s more than finding an inspiration photo on Pinterest for me. It’s creating my own unique design with the knowledge of how to create the design. It’s becoming a chameleon to the client and keeping their needs and wants in mind throughout the entire process. I am a huge believer in energy, so every design I create incorporates the flow and energy of a space. I consider the materials I use; everything we touch impacts our energy field.

I strive to use quality materials in all my designs. Seeing my client’s expression and gratitude when their space is finished is my most proud moments. Creating art that makes people happy makes me happy. That’s all I ever wanted my whole life; to create experiences for people that make them feel good inside. I am a very easy going and nurturing person by nature. I strive to make the design and construction process as seamless and stress-free for my clients. The biggest recommendation I can make to any future clients is to bring me into the picture in the beginning. I serve as your liaison to the architect, contractor and engineer. I make sure that the end product remains true to the artistry of the design.

Can you talk to us a bit about the role of luck?
I am not a big believer in luck, but if there is something I could say about the role of luck, it’s that I am lucky my soul chose this life. A life that has provided an abundance of support, love, success and learning experiences.

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