This year, I have been increasingly compelled to think about interiors.
I don't know why, but it just happened. My illustrations have also, for the most part, evolved from being about just a person and what they are wearing to a person, their clothes and the spaces they like to occupy.
These thoughts have only cemented the idea that I am not going to be comfortable cemented into a one track career in architecture, but will most likely seek a position in one of the increasing number of "think tanks" that experiment in various fields of design to create an overall lifestyle aesthetic.
One such designer that recently caught my eye is Karen Lockhart. This New Zealander who has designed all of Karen Walker's boutiques, and assist with creative direction for Walker's line of jewellery also, has a particularly fresh aesthetic displayed through her foray into interiors, styling, and much much more.
I particularly enjoy the juxtaposition of playfulness with darker imagery, at times heightened by her use of colour. It adds a level of maturity and sophistication without losing that sense of childish curiosity that so many designers I love express.
I also really like the choices she makes in terms of colour. Never dull yet never overstated.
I hope she needs an assistant......(pick me!)
Here are a few samples from her website that really strike a chord.
Interior at Sanndri
Creative Direction for Webb's Contemporary Art/Design Catalogue
To Sir With Love brand imagery
Editorial work for Home NZ
Editorial for No Magazine
Karen Walker for Resene Bauhaus inspired doll houses
Creative Direction for Church Road