For over twenty years, Martin’s design sensibilities and attention to detail have helped make spaces what they are. Whether overseeing an in-house production studio providing direct fabrication of soft goods for his clients to taking entire homes from concept to reality, Martin provides a subtle aesthetic sensibility, allowing each individual home’s strengths to speak for themselves.
We sat down with Martin to discuss his unique relationship with clients, his distinct European style and how he visited San Francisco and ended up calling it home.
Can you tell us how Martin Kobus Inc. was conceived?
We were incorporated in 1997 and historically were a workroom for other design firms creating window treatments. Over the years my spouse (Chris Bergin) and I bought and renovated several homes and ended up selling them practically turn key. This led to the obvious transition to offer full interior design services in 2014. In 2016 we did our first San Francisco Decorator Showcase and the response was overwhelmingly positive which led to many new projects and clients, this solidified our business.
“I like to drive the client to go where they did not know they could go, pushing ideas forward.”
What brought you to the Bay Area, having been originally from northwestern Europe?
I was studying in Italy and met someone from Tiburon who invited me to come for a visit and I never left!
What makes your firm different from other design studios?
We are very personable with our clientele, even becoming very good friends with many, so we take a very personal interest in delivering the very best work we can do for each client. I try to always think outside of the box to create exciting and innovative interiors catered to each client.
Tell us about your process when collaborating with your clients.
I always get an idea of what each client is looking for when creating their interiors through meetings and conversations. I like to drive the client to go where they did not know they could go, pushing ideas forward. Sometimes I get free range to do whatever I want, which is my favorite kind of project!
How does environmental sustainability factor into your projects?
This is usually driven by the client so we do our best to accommodate their desires.
What advice would you give to those just entering the design industry today?
Trust your gut feelings, do your best to bring your ideas to fruition in the way you imagine them and you will always win!