Word of Mouth (WOM) is a dynamic young architecture and interior design practice based in Bali, Indonesia. Led by Principal Architect Valentina Audrito, the practice has been involved in the design of residential and commercial projects ranging from private homes to multi residential dwellings, retail spaces and hospitality environments. The practice believes in the important role that space, volume, light and nature play in affecting mood and behavior, and so aspires to create spaces that achieve the best possible combination of these essential elements. The architecture of WOM is designed to invite personal interaction and provide contemporary comfort, whilst always maintaining a strong relationship with nature.
Valentina Audrito & Abhishake Kumbhat
Valentina Audrito and her husband, Abhishake Kumbhat, are principal architects and founders of Word to Mouth. After moving from Italy to Indonesia, they settled down on Canggu village along with their two children.
Co-owner Valentina feels that all architecture that employs quality and intelligence and is built according to sound design principles of space, light and sensitivity to environmental factors, has a place. Defying classification and reluctant to apply labels to her own designs, there are elements which make her spaces recognisable. Fresh, modern, softened with round edges and applying colour creatively, there is a kind of industrial edge to her architectural spaces, often characterised by soaring ceilings and cement floors. Her signature, which she claims she really can’t explain, is the egg, one of nature’s most perfect creations. Her dream was to become a ballerina and although she quit to study architecture in Italy and Barcelona, the discipline has carried over into her work.