Spearheading the design for our second season of Love Design, Live Empire is Dominic De Freitas, an award-winning designer and a newly named principal of acclaimed design firm figure3.
Dominic’s journey as a designer started under sunnier skies, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design at Tampa’s International Academy of Design and Technology before being accepted into a global design firm’s competitive graduate training program. He soon landed a full-time role in a corporate workplace design with projects across the southeastern States.
When Dominic returned home to Toronto three years later, it was during the middle of a recession. Having only worked on corporate interiors thus far, it was this watershed moment that spurred the change from corporate to residential design. “Where once I’d thought that residential development design was inferior to corporate workplace design, I quickly grew to love how it combines a mix of everything I enjoy the most: marketing, sales, exposure to architects and engineers, brand and creative direction, and of course, interior design.”
Since then, Dominic has taken the residential design world by storm, putting his unique stamp on countless projects across the city and growing his team at figure3. His secret to success? The notion that he doesn’t design for himself, but for the end user.
Living environments are more than the physical space. They need to evoke an emotional response that inspires an energized and centered lifestyle.
An award winning influencer, figure3 creates environments that elevate the living experience. With a philosophy and approach that is deeply rooted in purposeful and timeless design, we understand that great design is about more than just the aesthetics, it is about understanding how people both want and need to live. Local and international clients benefit from figure3’s 20+ years of cross-industry insights and a highly collaborative process – connecting people to place.
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