We always say that Lexington is much more than a workspace:
It is a personalized office, the best attention, cutting-edge technology, well-being… Lexington is quite an experience, but above all, Lexington is a community.
And our community has a lot to say. Today we introduce you to one of the professionals who has found a home for her brand in Lexington Príncipe de Vergara Mila Venegas has a degree in Psychology, but is passionate (and professional) about interior design. Her career is enviable, and we couldn’t resist extending our coffee break with her.
Welcome to #CommunityShares
Hello Mila! We are delighted to have you back with us, this time at Lexington Magazine! And there is no better way to grow professionally than by learning from our clients. And, above all, when they have a professional career like yours: focused on people and the spaces in which they work.
Tell us, how did this tour of interior design for an HR manager begin? What was the trigger (quoting one of our favorite police series) of this change?
Ha ha, well, there was a trigger, it was the pandemic. It made me feel that life is fragile and destiny uncertain, that I had already completed a long and satisfactory career in the field of HR and that life could give me the opportunity to continue working together and for people, but from another field. that I had always fallen in love with: the transformation of spaces creating beauty. And so I decided to train and work on this “second career”.
Your success in the most human part of companies is undeniable.
How do you think your experience in HR has influenced the interior design that characterizes Mila Venegas?
I have always had an orientation towards the study and understanding of the human being, their needs, their motivations… and a spirit of service, together with the fact that empathy, the ability to listen and that special sensitivity to deal with people and understand and attend to their needs. That does not mean that my more executive and business side makes me feel like a fish in water directing projects and teams.
Define your style in three words, we know that these questions are extremely complicated!
Elegant, functional and harmonious.
Is there any factor that you will miss from your work in HR that you have incorporated into your new facet as an interior design professional?
The possibility of bringing out my most creative side by creating beauty, in a tangible way, working with colors, textures, light… and, with it, illuminating the look and smile of my clients. It’s amazing, really!!!!
As an interior designer, your creativity knows no limits. You specialize in both living and working space design, right? Tell us who she is and what the expert in decoration and spaces Mila Venegas does.
I dedicate myself to interior design and decoration of spaces,
Both in the residential and corporate spheres. I have been an office animal for many years, ha ha ha. I also do interior styling and photography, I prepare properties for sale or rent through home staging and I am a professional space organizer. It is in this last type of projects where my most structured and functional vein comes out.
It is clear that each objective permeates the space with certain energies and has essential characteristics. Would you say that home spaces and workspaces have more similarities than differences, or vice versa?
Can you give us an example?
Well, I would say that, if the home office is consolidated , there should be fewer and fewer differences, although it sounds ideal, because we should be able to create a work environment in the offices that make us feel at home. But in the houses it would also be necessary to have spaces where we can concentrate and that are functional for the development of the work that we do.
However, there is something that we cannot do at home in the same way that we can do in a workspace, and that is to interact in person with other professionals, colleagues or clients. And the human being is a relational and social being, he needs that space where he can interact with others and share, and not just do it through a screen.
On the other hand, relationships and ties between people are strengthened, it connects with the values of the corporation and the feeling of belonging is enhanced, something basic for me. This is what we called “doing business”.
We know that the answer to the question
Do you think there is a relationship between HR management and office design?” It’s a resounding yes, but how would you draw the similarities or lines connecting HR sciences with the science behind interior design of workplaces?
Everything has, for me, the same center and the same focus: the person , making them fulfill their purposes as an organization or as individuals, making everything flow, make sense and that everyone finds the place where they can offer the best version of themselves. himself, because that makes us happy.
Going more into the subject, what would you say are the key points that an office or collaborative space must meet to get the most out of the teams working in it?
A collaborative space, from my point of view,
Should be a flexible space, adaptable to the different needs that are had on a day-to-day basis, be it a job or activity that requires concentration and a certain “solitude”, or spaces where you can talk , share and discuss ideas. With more “formal” areas and more “informal” areas, to adapt to each situation: serving a client, having a team meeting or simply being able to have a coffee and talk about the things that interest us.
In any case, I value spacious, bright spaces with vegetation that connect us with outer space. Attractive to the eye and comfortable. They must be functional and transmit harmony.
And to comply with quality and profitability standards of the companies? Do you think that, in this sense, the interests of both parties are aligned or are there factors in which they do not coincide and involve concessions by both parties? In other words, that something that the teams require is not profitable for the company or pretend newlyweds by nikubou an extra effort, or vice versa.
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What I believe is that you have to be realistic and that what should prevail is common sense on both sides: company and collaborators. You should always listen to the other. Everything also requires adaptation to the interests and objectives that each one of us has, and that is a two-way street. On the other hand, mutual trust is very important and work towards objectives, but also responsible behaviour.
If you had the opportunity to look into the future of workspaces, their design and functionality, what would you like to see? What would be the perfect combination from your point of view as a designer and HR expert?
That flexibility and polyfunctionality
That I was commenting on, spaces that transform and change depending on the activity that we are going to carry out in them. And please, without giving up beauty, light and comfort, caring for and being respectful of the environment and connecting a little more with the nature that surrounds us.
Finally, you’ve been working with us for a few months now, making Lexington Príncipe de Vergara the home of your brand (and even your image! An incredible photoshoot , by the way). Would you like to highlight some of the energy that is breathed in flexible spaces? Has this workspace model met your expectations? Tell us a little about your experience in Lexington.
Well, what am I going to tell you?
I have felt at home from minute one. The whole team is fantastic.
The spaces are designed with the image and a style that connects well with my brand. And, from the functional point of view, I can develop the different facets of my work: serving a client, presenting a project, having a team meeting or concentrating on a design.
In addition to enjoying a good location, bright spaces, with good views, attractive from a design point of view and with recreation areas for those moments in which one needs to relax or disconnect a bit.