Each of our featured Interior Designers will create a room vignette dedicated to a popular TV News Journalist! Meet the designers and find out what inspires these lifestyle influencers.
Michael Zavala began his career in the contract furniture industry in 2013 after graduating from Berkeley College with a Bachelors’ Degree in Fine Arts. (BFA)
Throughout his career, Michael has worked in a variety of sectors including healthcare, government, corporate, hospitality, educational, and residential. He has been involved in all aspects of the design and construction process, from programming to construction administration.
Michael’s projects provide product application, space planning, programming, specifying furniture, drawings, renderings, creating installation and electrical plans, and standards development.
Michael has worked for 3 Herman Miller dealers where he gained a vast amount of experience while working on a diverse array of projects. He has a deep knowledge-base to draw upon to find the proper balance of style, functionality and his clients' lifestyle needs.
Michael has worked for 3 German Miller dealers where he gained a vast amount of experience while working on a diverse array of projects. Michael has a deep knowledge-base to draw upon to find the proper balance of style, functionality and his clients' lifestyle needs.
Michael believes that in order to be a great designer, one must truly listen and understand the needs of the clients. Out of his desire to provide his clients with a one-on-one direct design experience, he works closely with his clients to discover an individualized creative design solution that meets both their functional needs and their desire for an inspiring and comfortable atmosphere in their living-space or work-space.
Michael recently started documenting his life on VH1 in a reality TV Show called Cartel Crew. He talks about his personal life and career. Michael also talks about Zavala Concepts and works on some projects in the show.
You can really get to know Zavala in depth with his design solutions and strategies. He’s currently the youngest known Creative in Miami.
Francy C. Arria's versatile approach to interior design is inspired by traditional trends of her Hispanic heritage and the modern energy of South Florida life. She founded her firm in 2011, Max Space Design. Francy’s passion and purpose is to create functional designs, while keeping the environment, the latest trends, and home technologies in mind . With over ten years of experience, Francy has provided homeowners with full interior design services that include construction planning and management , 3-D drawings, space planning, and kitchen, bath, closet, and furniture design, just to mention a few. Her eye for exploration, color, and beauty is reflected in every finished project . Her work captures client’s distinctive taste and vision, as well as her trademark of balance and comfort. Her signature style reveals a global and innovative vision for design influenced by our changing environment and demanding needs for functionality. Her robust and varied design background has helped homeowners shape their project with imagination and vision. Francy earned her interior design degree at the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, and she continues to strive for never-ending education. She contributes and supports causes that protect children, animal welfare, and the environment, while implementing sustainable design in all projects.
Roberta Black, owner of RB Design, was educated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where she was born and raised. She has been living in the US for the past 17 years. Having worked in the design world for several years, she believes that: "Design is not for philosophy -- it's for life."
Her inspiration came from being raised in such a colorful and lively city. It gave her a huge perspective and understanding of how to use colors, shapes and textures. She is also very inspired by sleek, European lines, that for her, is chic, simple and yet shows tremendous style. The mix of these elements together creates a warm, inviting, innovative, modern and unconventional ambiance that makes people never want to leave.
Roberta has completed many residential and commercial projects (large and small), locally and abroad, accommodating all budgets.
Growing up in the world of haute couture accompanying her family on business trips to Italy to purchase men’s luxury fashion, Debbie Travin always had an innate sense of style and a keen eye for color. Her early career in the fashion industry led to the discovery of her passion for design and eye for detail in interior design. From then on, her innate sense of style began to grow and turned into a thriving, successful business, DLT Interiors.
Debbie currently resides in both Miami and Manhattan with her husband Michael and their three children. When she’s not designing beautiful interiors, she loves to travel with her family, go running on the beach, or join an early morning yoga class.