In today’s blog, we focus on one of town’s many interesting personalities, Andrina Fonseca.
Originally from Costa Rica, she left the country and made her name internationally as an interior designer and architect. After designing the first Apple stores directly with Steve Jobs, she returned to the country. Coming back to Costa Rica with a vision for sustainable design and a love for local artisans, she’s brought this passion to life as both the owner of D’Aqui Design, and a major contributor to the interiors of much of town.
Recently, Andrina contributed to the interior design of the new Santarena Hotel. She’s a well-loved member of town and a great friend to everyone she meets. If you’ve ever been to her shop or wandered the streets there’s a good chance you’ve met her. However, you’ve seen the impact she’s left on Las Catalinas even if you've never crossed paths.
Andrina spent years among the premier interior design institutions in the world, including work designing the very first Apple Stores in the early 2000s, Andrina brought her family back home to Costa Rica. Seeking to raise her three children among the Costa Rican way of life, she found her way to Las Catalinas as an interior designer and consultant for the new town. Adrina opened D’Aqui Design Studio. The name translates to: “from here.” She certainly is.
With her continued work in town, Andrina brought a focus to local craftsmanship and artisans. Filling her shop with art, furniture, and fixtures designed and created by the people of the surrounding community. The distinct style weaves locality into beautiful designs and is apparent throughout town. It’s no exaggeration that if you’ve been to Las Catalinas, you’ve seen her work, especially if you’ve stayed in Santarena.
The design for the hotel carries the vision of a place for the coming together of people. Andrina's work has been an essential for creating a hub for the exchange of stories, laughter, and warmth. As a result, the hotel that feels beautiful, cosmopolitan, traveled, and yet still local.
And people are still noticing. Andrina was recently named to the Real Leaders 100, a prestigious list curated by Real Leaders Magazine focusing on 100 Leaders worldwide creating positive and innovative economic change that serves the greater good.
The listing cites Andrina for her contributions in Las Catalinas and her work with D’Aqui. The latter works towards infusing international expertise and ideas into projects that are undeniably local. It’s a concept that pops up around town a lot. We have quite a few people who learned all around the world before deciding to do something here. And, what better way to see that recognized than through D’Aqui’s vision!
Congratulations to Andrina Fonseca for this tremendous accomplishment. To read the full article, or to explore the rest of the list, you can check the Real Leaders website.
Excited to share that Santarena Hotel has been featured in World Travel Magazine’s The Luxury 50 List 2019, an annual selection that celebrates the best new hotels & resorts in the world. These hotels & resorts are selected based on their unique character, service, locations, architecture, ...
Interior Design magazine has featured the Santarena Hotel in its online edition, and focuses on how the interior design of the hotel both fits the town of Las Catalinas and the Costa Rican architectural tradition.
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