In the hands of Alberto Villalobos, any room can have depth.

“In my family, you’re encouraged to study whatever you want—as long as it’s business, law, or engineering,” says Colombia-born Alberto Villalobos. So when he told his parents that he was planning instead to pursue a career in interior design, it took some time for them to warm up to the idea. “One day, my mother gave me a book by Juan Montoya, Colombia’s most esteemed interior designer, and said, ‘If you’re going to do this, you have to be just as good,’” he recalls. “It was a gesture of support, and his work has occupied a special place in my heart ever since.”

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