Aline Trindade currently works at Brazilian architect Arthur Casas' New York office, where she is responsible for project management and new business development for North America and Europe. With interior and product design as well as marketing experience under her belt, she now also researches sustainable interior design applications.
What are you currently working on?
I am working on a top-secret retail project for a Brazilian brand in New York and several residential interior renovations. We are also starting to look at hotel projects, mainly in the Caribbean Islands, which is a good sign that the worst of the recession in North America could be behind us.
Why did you end up working in New York rather than returning to Brazil?
Working in New York was always a dream. After school I worked in my hometown of Porto Alegre, and eventually started my own architecture practice with my sister, which she still runs. In 2005, I met my now husband and I decided to move to New York with him. Working in the North American market is completely different than Brazil, it was like going back to school again. Brazil is growing everyday and I believe I will end up going back someday, or working between New York and Brazil.
What things do you miss most about Brazil?
Many things, but the most is my family and friends. Also I miss the simple way of living, and the quality of life. After living in New York for five years, I really appreciate this energy more, it is all over the country and that is one of the reasons people fall in love with Brazil.
What Brazilian things did you do in New York?
I love the Brazilian Film Festival at Tribeca cinemas. It's a great festival, and a way to celebrate Brazil abroad, the after parties are fun. There are also a few Brazilian restaurants that I love to go once in a while like Casa in the West Village, and Miss Favela in Brooklyn, there I can order my Guarana and have an authentic Brazilian meal.
What would be your perfect night out in Brazil?
It would start with a great dinner at a new hotspot, and after going to a nightclub or to a party and dancing until 6:00am.
How do you think being Brazilian has shaped your aesthetic?
There we value natural materials more. I'm a modernist at heart, but I like to execute that style with warm, rich materials, like native woods, stone, etc. Comfort is key in Brazil, and with these materials comes a certain comfort that is a part of my style too. I also like to incorporate beautiful plants into interior spaces and landscaping is a love of mine, which is also a very Brazilian thing.