Originally from Coimbra, Maria Raposo began to show her passion for design from an early age. After studying Interior Design at the renowned Ricardo do Espírito Santo Silva Foundation in Lisbon, she graduated in 1984 and founded her own company in the Algarve at Almancil. She soon developed a reputation for a unique ability to connect with her clients and give them the personal attention they deserve.
Guided by the mission statement, «Individual Choices», her studio develops interiors that complement the distinctive personality and needs of each client and, although always in-trend, they are marked by a timeless allure.
Starting from private homes in the Algarve’s Golden Triangle (Quinta do Lago, Vale do Lobo, Dunas Douradas), her elegant, sophisticated environments were soon recognized outside of Portugal, with Maria diversifying her portfolio with luxury projects for prestigious golf clubs and hotels, a yacht in Monaco, chalets in Switzerland and bespoke houses and offices in the Bahamas, Aspen, Luanda, London, Liverpool, Manchester and Dublin.
Personal relationships with clients are central to Maria’s work philosophy, she believes that close, direct contact creates a better project. She will interpret her clients’ tastes and styles – rather than imposing her own – to ensure a unique and characterful end-result. With a meticulous eye for detail and a complete understanding of how to create a luxury space, Maria Raposo has a unique plasticity that presents a bold, elegant and sophisticated, yet functional, style. Supported by a network of trusted suppliers, she can be responsive to any project’s needs and challenges for smooth and on-target completion.
A long career within the world of interior design has made a name of Maria Raposo, and her signature is now recognised, nationally and internationally, as a mark of quality to stand the test of time.