Marco is an Italian interior decorator with 20 years of experience. He has been coming to Bali for nearly two decades, and for the last 4 years he has been calling Canggu home. We sit down to have a coffee with Marco to learn what it is like to be an interior designer in Bali.
What brought you to a life in Bali?
I was working for a big company producing rattan outdoor furniture and they ask me to be their agent in Indonesia
What do you do in Bali?
As an interior designer I follow up villa projects, shops and hotels, plus I manage 2 showrooms, one in Jimbaran area and one in Ubud
What do you love most about your job? What part of your job do you dislike?
What I like the most is the unconditional trust, my customers place in my hands and what I don’t like is the arrogance that belong to few other super rich clients
What project are you most proud of?
There are few actually…but mostly villas projects.
I did also Kudeta in Bali, couple of years ago and I’ve to say, it came out quite nice…but of course, with the limits of owners requests.
What are you currently working on?
At the moment I am working on a beautiful villa in Ubud, another one in Canggu, a full showroom renovation in Jimbaran and few options here and there still to be discussed
What is it really like living in Bali? Is it really a paradise?
Well…. I think Bali is far away from paradise but of course is an easy place to be …for a while
You are in amazing shape, what do you do to stay healthy and fit?
I surf every morning and do yoga a couple of times a week. I’ve also been a vegan for 15 years and of course no drinking, no smoking and no party! I don’t really believe in the aging process and I think it’s all related to how far we project ourselves into the universe!
Whats a day like in the life of Marco?
Wake up at 4.45am. I’m in the water ready for a surf between 5.30 and 6am. I then take my dog to the beach from 7.30 till 8.15, breakfast and straight to work till 5 /6 pm. Finally, home with my wife and early sleep.
Favourite spots according to Marco
What interior store is your go-to place?
There is one in Jl Mertanadi, Housewives on fire, which to me as a concept store looks amazing
Favourite coffee place: Coffee Oven in Berawa
Favourite restaurant: ‘JI, the Japanese restaurant which is part of the Tugu Hotel in Canggu. But I have to say even the Indonesian restaurant that belongs to the hotel itself is pretty amazing
Favourite area: Batu Bolong. Full of young people lots of positive energy and still beautiful …For now!