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Designing with Purpose

Designing with Purpose

  • When interior designer Katia Bates, creative director of Innovative Creations, set out to reimagine a mansion for a valued private client, she turned not only to her artistic vision, but to the venerated brand Lalique.
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Throughout her career as an interior designer, Katia Bates, creative director of Innovative Creations, has consistently infused every project with a singular artistic vision, limitless creativity and extraordinary taste. Her transformation of this Fort Lauderdale mansion was no exception. Since the home was about to be put up for sale, Bates needed to execute a design that would warrant the lofty asking price of $29 million. To achieve this, she tapped the help of luxury brand Lalique, known for centuries as the benchmark of decorative crystal.

With such a massive undertaking ahead of you, where did you begin? We started by researching comparable properties in the market and accordingly strategized a design that would make this one stand out. Instinctively, I knew this called for prestigious pieces of furniture, so we moved all the existing furnishings out and replaced them with new ones, including many very high-end custom pieces from Italy. I also completely redesigned the living room fireplace, removed a lot of the Venetian plaster, added draperies to replace the wood blinds, adorned the walls with beautiful silk wallcoverings and substituted fine contemporary rugs for the heavy, ultra-traditional existing ones.

Were there any elements you chose to keep intact? Using my extensive knowledge of real estate, and being conscious of the time frame, I knew I had to approach this project differently. I analyzed what “worked” in the home. The existing living room ceiling, which was part of the original architectural drawings, was ornate but very soft in its look. The house had an Andalusian appeal that worked well with the white moldings, and I liked the combination of its classic style with the contemporary flair I was imparting to the redesign. 

How and why did the use of Lalique come into play? My husband, Tom, and I are personally very familiar with and fond of Lalique and have collected it for more than two decades; we even own several pieces that are numbered and in limited edition. We live with it every day in our house. I knew that the prestigious name associated with the brand, paired with its spectacular design, would lead to an outstanding result. 

How do you feel about the project’s outcome? By curating each room with the highest level of quality, restoring symmetry and balance to the spaces and taking great care to make everything in the home precious and unique, I was able to create something amazing for my client that I am very proud of.

Innovative Creations, 1437 NE Fourth Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 954.646.0947;

For more than a century, the House of Lalique has been admired the world over as the ultimate symbol of French luxury. Today, the brand continues to honor the creative genius of its founder, René Lalique, with its extraordinary crystal designs and its unwavering commitment to superior craftsmanship. Owning a piece of Lalique is not only owning a work of art, but owning a piece of history.

Lalique, Bal Harbour Shops, 9700 Collins Ave., Bal Harbour; 305.537.5150;