Ana Milena Hernández Palacios and Christophe Penasse, the founders of the Spanish studio Masquespacio, describe themselves as emotional designers. Their projects really do have that certain je ne sais quoi, giving off sensitivity, surprise and happy vibes, yet – and this is something they are keen to underscore – they always keep to their customers’ requests in terms of specification and functionality. The studio’s distinctive hallmark is the creation of energetic, brightly coloured spaces with a certain wow factor: the spaces seem to want to break with ordinariness, conventionality and habit, although there’s no shortage of references to design of the past. Bright colours, skilled use of colour blocks and vivid geometries also serve to produce a futuristic impression but, as they stress, they also help to map out different concepts for each client. The strategy is always stunning and happy, organised yet vibrant and always serves a dual purpose: telling a story and rousing emotions. We chatted to them about experimenting, storytelling, nature and the difference designers can make today.