MARIYA NAUMOV Mariya Naumov Designer B.A. University of Toronto, Arido Student B.I.D. Ryerson University Class of 2019 With a background in art history from the University of Toronto, Mariya is currently enrolled in the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University. Prior to joining Audax she curated numerous themed exhibitions at Arta Gallery in The Distillery District. Mariya later worked as an assistant to the highly respected Theresa Casey of Casey Design Planning Group where she learned the business side of interior design such as project management and procurement. With a discerning eye for art, fashion and design, Mariya attends many design fundraisers and exhibits. She also recently completed the interior design of a converted 2,800 square foot New York City style apartment in the heart of Toronto's Little Italy. How does your background in art history come into play when designing spaces? During my degree in Art History, I acquired an understanding of composition, colour, symmetry and symbolism, especially when viewed within a particular historical context. It also allowed me to accumulate a wealth of cultural knowledge about artistic styles throughout different historical eras around the world. Beyond the latest trends, I believe that any good designer, indeed any artist, needs to have a basic understanding of the main historical artistic movements. I also find this knowledge base to be particularly useful when I service clients who have an affinity for an aesthetic that originates from a particular historical era or country. What is the relationship between fashion and interior design? Fashion and interior design share many of the same elements, such as fabric, colour, patterns and textures, which is why we often see an overlap in trends. People often dress similar to the way they decorate their spaces. I see this overlap in my own life. That is, I dress the way I design: not too trendy, but rather with a more classic and timeless sensibility.