Marbella Spain is a rich tapestry of people and culture. In some places immigrants from all over the world almost outnumber local Spanish residents. It's a real mix. I love it. It’s a great city. I’m impressed that local Spanish people don't seem to begrudge immigrants or tourists, well.., I've never even seen so much as a gripe. I’ve been living in Spain long enough to speak Spanish and the incidences of negativity towards other cultures is extremely low.
Spanish people in general too, are truly world class. I mean that. I am constantly impressed by their professionalism and skill. It seems to me that many tend to care about doing great things not because they feel that’s what must be done, but because they genuinely really want to. Not everybody is this way, but I like it when people are driven by passion rather than need. There's an honesty there I really appreciate and it tends to yield amazing results.
Sure people can be little passionate about closing in the afternoon here too, and about having long lunches, but actually, I could probably learn from that so, I wouldn't say a word against it.
Passion driven work really does compliment artistic endeavors and creativity. So if you’re are a creative person who likes an international atmosphere then Marbella is a great place to go.
One of the places which really blew me away is Aalto furniture. A luxury furniture store almost hidden behind a busy roundabout in Marbella. I got the chance to know José Antonio Flores and the rest of the team at Aalto Furniture and can see they really care about art and design above all else. José is pretty active on Instagram (here) where you can see examples not only of his luxury furniture store in Marbella, but also paintings and drawings he has done and his artistic flair is evident even in the arrangement and cropping of anything that catches his eye. The only person I know personally who can frame like that is my wife (I used to be artistic in that way. One of my biggest regrets is not keeping up with it. Who knows, perhaps I’ll take it up as a hobby when I retire...).
It’s a pretty amazing mix at Aalto, because of the international melting pot there is a very capable management team of Sergio (Jose’s brother), Franciso (co-founder) and Ness Yammine their partner, an experienced International Businessman covering International development.
It was also a real surprise, that I discovered they don’t just manufacture luxury furniture (they have a range with my name on it - just a happy coincidence), their team also includes exceptional Interior Designers and Graphic Designers who produce, and offer as a service, interior architectural renderings of a level that is hard to find.
Sergio explained that, because they have taken the time to create their own detailed textured 3D assets they can build incredibly accurate interior design renders (rather than using stock 3d assets which don’t have quality textures).
Again it’s the passion showing through. They have spent a lot of time preparing their resources to ensure that their interior design rendering are "next-level".
I have been a 3Dmodelerr and animator hobbyist for over 20 years and 3D renders of interiors or architectural from interior designers very rarely match the quality coming from the interior design arm of Aalto furniture.
I think Aalto furniture’s store (map) is must visit location for people in Marbella who want unique quality luxury furniture but also, and not immediately obvious, for anyone looking for an interior designer in Marbella.
You can see more about the Team comprising of Jose Antonio Flores, Ness Yamine and a passionate group of skilled artists, Interior designers and designers at Aalto furniture here. If you love design, you’re in Marbella you should really check them out.