Creative Spot-Lite: Agustin Sanders of Apartment 415


I first met this monster 7 years ago when I first moved to San Francisco. He was a co-worker and friend of my friend Russ, who I moved out to San Francisco with, well a year later but never the less. Anyway, Agustin and I became the best of friends and room mates. I couldn’t be happier or prouder of the dude, he’s accomplished a lot so far and it’s just the beginning.

Agustin lived in Mexico City until he was 20. His first design job was working as a set designer for a big deal Mexico City fashion photographer when he was just 19. Soon after, he moved to San Francisco to enroll in the BFA program at the Academy of Art University. In 2009 he designed the school’s Urban Knights Cafe. They must have liked the results because they signed him up to design five more spaces at the university, including Cafe Rodin. Plus, the university recently hired him to teach interior design and write their design blog, Interior Design School Daily. On top of that he recently launched his website Apartment415, which fuses the glamour of the fashion world with the lustrous realm of Interior Design.

He’s such a success story that I wanted to share him with you all.

What projects are you working on at the moment? 

I recently started teaching commercial space design and writing the interior design blog, Interior Design School Daily, for the Academy of Art University. I’m also working with the Academy of Art on designing a few more spaces: the International House dorms cafeteria, the New Media and Wen Design Gallery and reception area, the School of Fashion cafeteria “cafe Dior,” and the School of Interior Design student lounge and cafe and reception areas. I’ve also launched my website

Where do you get inspiration for your designs? 

I get my inspiration from everything around me: art, music, fashion even from talking to my friends and family.

What’s your dream job? 

I would love to own my own restaurant and hotel design company. Also I would love to work at some point with my mother in Mexico City — she is an interior designer.

I know you have a lot of siblings… can you tell the readers a little bit about your family and upbringing? Did your family life have an influence on your career choice or aesthetic? 

I do have a lot of siblings: I have four sisters and two brothers. Half of my family is in Mexico City and the other half is in San Diego, so its pretty hard to get everyone together, but we try to at least once a year. I grew up in a very artsy environment. My grandfather was a well-known Mexican painter, Guillermo Sanders, my mom is an interior designer, and all of my sisters are very into fashion. So all that combined had a great influence in my career choice and who I am.

 Who do you admire most in your field? 

Two of my favorite interior designers are Marcel Wanders and Philippe Starck.

 What’s the biggest mistake people tend to make when decorating their homes? And what’s the easiest thing people can do to improve their space? 

I think the easiest way to improve your space is by reusing unconditional items around your home as furniture or decorative items. I spend hours in antique stores and find items that could be reused and make them into something beautiful for the home. I think the biggest mistake people tend to do is spend a lot of money in renovating their homes when it could be done with much less.

 Below are some pictures of some amazing interior design work he’s done.

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