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Mobley Bloomfield Interview
Founded in 2005, Mobley Bloomfield specializes in architecture, interior design, furniture design, textile design and color consultation.
Partners Jennifer Mobley and Bill Bloomfield take a warm and personal approach to each project they acquire. They bring together their passion for art, design, and exceptional craftsmanship to create beautiful, timeless spaces.
We sat down with them to discuss how their unique talents mesh and how their experiences in Europe influenced their design process today.
Can you tell us a little about your background? How did you meet?
Jennifer is from San Francisco and studied textile design at Rhode Island School of Design. I am from Florida and studied architecture at Virginia Tech. We met in San Francisco through a mutual friend. At the time we met, we had each just started our own practices. Our relationship started romantically, and we did everything we could not to work together, but we found ourselves collaborating often – our complimentary skills made us a really good team. Thirteen years later we are married and our business continues to thrive.
How do your individual talents mesh when you are taking on a new project?
We both share a common approach to design whether we are making a dwelling, a textile, or an object. Jennifer has a strong sensibility to color and texture. I am more attuned to spatial relationships. Our ultimate question is, “How do we make this thing we’re working on as good as it can be before placing it out into the world?”
What initially drew you to the design and architecture industry?
I knew I wanted to be an architect since I was about twelve years old. I would sit at the kitchen table when I was a young boy, and draw houses for my
mother while she was cooking dinner. Jennifer loved painting and drawing. Textile design was a natural extension of this expression by the creation and styling of printed and woven fabrics for the apparel and interior design industry.
We understand that you both lived in Europe. How did this experience affect your process today?
Bill worked in the architecture office of Heikkinen-Komonen in Helsinki when he was a student. After graduating college, he worked in offices in Berlin on architecture competitions. Both these experiences instilled a rigorous discipline and attention to detail. I spent every summer from age eight to eighteen in Europe where my parents were working. I was introduced to art and architecture during these years, but it was the wonderful homes and national trust houses I was exposed to that impressed upon me that environments are shaped by those who inhabit them. Listening, observing and understanding a client’s emotional response to their environment is integral for us when creating a space for them.
Who have been your biggest influencers throughout your career?
Most certainly our professors in college. We are both very grateful for receiving a strong education from great teachers in school who left us both with the understanding that learning never stops. In fact, we are just beginning.
How does living in the Bay Area affect your design practice and your design thinking?
Actually, it is the cost of construction and products in the Bay Area that has the greatest affect. We will always be guided by universal ideas in design, but the escalating cost of living is having a direct affect on our projects. As a result, we are always searching for creative ways to save costs in a project without sacrificing the larger idea.
If you were to give your younger self advice in regards to a career in design, what would it be?
Do what you want to do in life, not what you think you have to do. Do not waste time worrying about what other people think, just be true to yourself and to others in all you do.