Raubyn Rothschild studied at the School of Interior Design at Ryerson University, obtaining a Bachelor of Interior Design. She remained in Toronto for 10 years and travelled extensively throughout Canada and the United States as a designer for the respected hospitality design firm Moncur Design Associates. She was involved in all aspects of the design process for hotel and resort clients including Fairmont, Hyatt, Hilton, Westin and Starwood properties.
Raubyn returned to Victoria BC in 2009, where she formed Rothschild West Design + Planning. Within 6 months she had completed her first restaurant project on the West Coast and was awarded an IDIBC award for Hospitality Design. For the past 10 years the momentum has continued, with notable restaurant, commercial and residential design projects that have gone on to win their own awards. Her varied work experience has given her the ability to understand each project as a whole, and allows her to find optimal design solutions to meet each client’s objectives.
She says, “As with most of our colleagues in the design and building industry, there is rarely time to work on our own spaces, or progress is made intermittently. Perhaps that’s why our new studio space is currently my favourite place to be; it’s peaceful, considered, functional – and finished!”
“Completed last April, with three of us working out of the 600 square foot space full-time, it has room for everything we need and has become a truly collaborative and inspiring space to spend time in. Perhaps because I was designing the new vintage inspired cocktail lounge Citrus & Cane at the time, it has some decidedly tropical elements! This lends to the casual feel, yet the execution of the custom details elevates the materials and the space.”
“The notion of a favourite vacation, whatever that means to you, is a perspective I’ve been consciously weaving into our residential projects the last several years. Asking the question, how would you live, what would you surround yourself with, if practicality and preconceived notions were out the window? Let’s start there. Brighter, lighter, streamlined, less of….every ‘thing’. What can this result in? I can tell you from our studio perspective, less has meant more room for inspiration, more lightheartedness, more room for space between ideas.”