Interior Designer, Karina Rizzo started her career in the 1990s earning degrees in business, fine art and interior design. Her work was recognized by the city of Los Angeles as “The Most Historically Accurate Interior Designer” for her achievements in 2010 and published multiple times. She co-founded 3Dazer (www.3Dazer.com) with James Shun in 2015 to help designers work more efficiently.
Q: Passion Project: “Interior design not only brings pleasing aesthetics to a person’s space, but it also creates ergonomically well-balanced spaces, where clients can relax and rejuvenate. Educating clients about healthy living is a vital component of the professional interior designer. The health and emotional well-being of my clients is paramount.”
Q: Greatest milestone: “My most significant breakthrough was when my first project was published on the cover of Dream Spaces Magazine. This endorsement ignited my passion and love of design and gave a substantial boost to my career.”
Q: How did you come into your career? “Working as an Environmental Consultant at UCSF, I began designing laboratories and a medical library with great success. At that point, my career as a designer was set and I continued my formal education to become a certified interior designer. Sometimes a current profession can lead you on a path to a new career. Being an Environmental Consultant lead me to design laboratories, fume hoods, and a medical library. The passion for art, design and décor is the basis of my desire to become a professional Certified Interior Designer.”
Q: What do you love about the power of interior design? “Interior design not only brings pleasing aesthetics to a person’s space, but it also creates ergonomically well-balanced spaces, where clients can relax and rejuvenate. Educating clients about healthy living is a vital component of the professional interior designer. The health and emotional well-being of my clients is paramount.”
Q: What does it mean to you to be a female in a role that is typically dominated by men? “The times are changing and looking through the evolution of humankind, we see increasing support from men towards women. Without their support and expertise, I would not be standing here. Luckily as a woman, I am currently experiencing a higher level of respect from men. Now our voices are being heard and most importantly valued.”
Q: Words of advice for other female entrepreneurs? “Remember that it is never too late to start. Never stop dreaming and never be fearful of showcasing your unique ideas. Release your inner voice and talent and do not be shy about creating something new that can enhance or even change people’s lives. Believe in yourself and what you have to offer.”