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fmt is a design studio focused on improving human experience within livable spaces

Hello!
We're Zaida Briceño and Orlando Franco, architects that share a common interest in studying day-to-day simple pleasures.

Through architecture we seek to improve your life quality. For us a building is a backdrop for memories. It must provide us with shelter & peace, allow us to rest, & enjoy a meal with our loved ones.

Our quest for meaningful design is a personal one. It makes us explore multiple avenues to present you with the most beautiful and honest final iteration.

“The things we build, or wish to build, reflect our own state of mind; they're blueprints of the way in which we hope to reinvent our world.”

What we do

We provide design solutions, generate and discuss budget, arrange execution details and oversee the whole process.

Domestic and cultural spaces are the focus of our work: family residences, artistic retreats, remodeled houses with history, concept stores, restaurants, galleries and coffee shops.

Our services are:

  • SINGLE SERVICE

    SINGLE SERVICE

    Design

    We listen to your hopes and dreams; and provide design solutions to integrate them into living spaces.
    Our belief is that good architecture blends your lifestyle within the natural environment.
  • FULL SERVICE

    FULL SERVICE

    Design +
    construction guidance

    Construction process is always encountered with multiple decisions. After design phase we stay in constant communication with the construction team to ensure that the design is understood and respected, so the project will develop according to plan.
  • FULL SERVICE PLUS

    FULL SERVICE PLUS

    Design +
    construction guidance +
    key in hand delivery

    We take care of design, construction, interiors and landscaping. Managing budgets and purchasing the required items in an organized catalogue. We pay close attention to coordinate deliveries, installations, storage and payments, so you don't have to.
    By the end of this service you will be able to arrive to your building "key in hand" and live it without further worries.
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FAQs

  • Our services are divided into single and full.

    The single service is based on answering three main questions before building:

    -How can I arrange my space requirements within architecture?
    -How does it look like?
    -How much does it cost?

    The deliverables of this stage are: a set of executive plans, a catalog of fixed accessories (lamps and taps), a general construction budget and renderings.

    The full service is based on designing and guiding the construction. The deliverable is an “as built” set of drawings within a maintenance manual of the building. During this time, we stay in constant communication between the construction team, design and client.

  • On our first meeting, we note your needs and make a working proposal that considers the desired scope of the project, times and cost. In this way, before starting design you can have an estimated amount of the whole investment.
    This proposal takes approximately three days to generate. In case you have questions, you can write to us at hola@fmtestudio.mx and we will gladly schedule a meeting.

  • This process varies greatly, depending on the type of assignment.
    A project has different stages of development that need to be considered in order to have an organized and controlled process. These are:

    1. design
    2. budget discussion
    3. permits
    4. construction

    In average, the whole process before you occupy the building takes up to 10 months.

    It is possible to reduce the aforementioned times, however, extraordinary measures would be required in the process.

  • We design, communicate and collaborate with you; considering and integrating each design discussion, in order to ensure that the original intention of the project remains clear in each iteration.
  • We consider that architecture and interior design are intertwined, so we think in terms of both professions when projecting: Our goal is to create a customized space which you can appropriate as if you had always lived there.
    Formal simplicity, contact with nature and the playful quality of the spaces guide our design proposals.

  • Our commitment is to personally attend each project, responding to your needs. That’s why we focus on not having more than 6 projects at a time.
  • The procedure is very simple. We just need to have a short interview, preferably on the site to intervene, and a simple drawing or sketch of the area to work. With these two elements we can prepare a work proposal in an average of 3 days.

Our team

  • Gerardo Gerardo
    Gerardo

    Gerardo

    LOVES: Junk food
    DISLIKES: Rudeness
    Details every inch of drawings
  • Verónica Verónica
    Verónica

    Verónica

    LOVES: Cats
    DISLIKES: Fast-fashion
    Keeps an eye on construction execution
  • Orlando Orlando
    Orlando

    Orlando

    LOVES: Videogames
    DISLIKES: Reggaeton
    Analyzes and creates concepts
  • Zaida Zaida
    Zaida

    Zaida

    LOVES: Japanese pottery
    DISLIKES: Crowded places
    Designs beautiful & functional spaces
  • Noemí Noemí
    Noemí

    Noemí

    LOVES: The beach
    DISLIKES: Heavy traffic
    Coordinates team efforts
  • Natalia Natalia
    Natalia

    Natalia

    LOVES: 90s choreographies
    DISLIKES: Queue lines
    Makes beautiful illustrations
Gerardo

Gerardo

LOVES: Junk food
DISLIKES: Rudeness
Details every inch of drawings
Verónica

Verónica

LOVES: Cats
DISLIKES: Fast-fashion
Keeps an eye on construction execution
Orlando

Orlando

LOVES: Videogames
DISLIKES: Reggaeton
Analyzes and creates concepts
Zaida

Zaida

LOVES: Japanese pottery
DISLIKES: Crowded places
Designs beautiful & functional spaces
Noemí

Noemí

LOVES: The beach
DISLIKES: Heavy traffic
Coordinates team efforts
Natalia

Natalia

LOVES: 90s choreographies
DISLIKES: Queue lines
Makes beautiful illustrations

If you want to know more about our projects , follow us on instagram or ask for our detailed portfolio!