Swedish designer Camilla Meijer talks to us about her home in Crouch End, her love of period architecture and the inspiration behind her colourful patterns.
I live… in Crouch End in North London, I have lived here for the last three years. Before that I was living in Stoke Newington but I chose to go North because it is the greenest part of London. I love my area – what I like the most is that Crouch End is a little village hidden behind the hills, with lots of parks and Alexandra Palace nearby. I also love that you can see all of London and all the way across to Greenwich.
My house is… Victorian, with high ceilings and beautiful sash windows; I love it. Maybe not the most practical, economical way of living, due to its age, but as long as I live in the UK it’s a must to live in a house with history. The English architecture is very different from Sweden and I am still fascinated by how beautifully houses were built in the Georgian and the Victorian periods.
My favorite room is… my studio, my work room. It’s located at the back of the house facing south and it’s got a beautiful large sash window letting the sun through. It’s a bright and colourful place filled with all my work, which makes it the most lovely place to be in my home.
I wanted to become a designer because… I’ve been drawing and expressing myself through art for as long as I can remember, so it was a natural progression for me to continue as an adult. I’ve always loved the home and the design items we choose to fill our homes with, for practicality or just beauty. Since coming to London, with so many parks and gardens, I’ve become fascinated by nature. My work is about ‘bringing the outdoors inside’.
I studied… back in Sweden but as a graphic designer, and it wasn’t until I moved to London that I changed direction and became a surface pattern designer. I have no formal training in this area, but I think that has allowed my work to be freer, and not restricted in any way.
If I could have done one thing differently… maybe I wish that I had understood earlier which design direction or path I would choose, as I don’t think I took the easiest route teaching myself. Having said that, I don’t think my work would be what it is if I had trained; so I guess not then.
If I wasn’t a designer…maybe I would have opened a café, as I love spoiling and looking after people. I would give my customers a warm and friendly environment and a place full of beautiful designs. But my journey in life has always been about art and design.
I most admire… Charles and Ray Eames as they where the pioneers for the furniture design we still see today, designing furniture for visual pleasure which is also functional and available to everyone. I am also a great admirer of artist Charley Harper’s work. His prints are playful, colourful and represent nature beautifully.
I am most proud of… my latest collection that I launched this year in NYC at the Contemporary furniture show. I am especially proud of my dragon design, as this is a whole new take on documenting nature. I do not draw it through studying the flowers themselves: it is more of a fairy tale, where I allow my fantasy to go wild. I also like that it can presented as just one wallpaper length or as a full repeat. I feel it’s a very powerful piece because of the simple use of contrasting colours and the simplicity of the design itself.
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