Lotta's products are made in the family, from sustainable wood and eco friendly paint and finishes. Design with heart.
mydeco.com in conversation with Lotta, from Lotta Cole Design.
What's the ethos behind your brand?
To create a holistic collection of beautiful and functional objects for the home using traditional methods that are connected to my family's home in Sweden through the materials used, and the impressions that inspired their form. The idea behind the concept is to keep the making process in the family, using sustainable wood from home and eco friendly paints and finishes.
How did it all begin?
My family comes from a place in Sweden where my great great grandfather set up a farm with a forest three hundred years ago. My father Lars-Ake now manages the forest, and has taught me everything I know about working with wood since I was a child. Working as an interior designer in London for seven years, I loved the creativity but always missed the making process. Drawn by the urge to make things with my own hands, last spring I went back to the place I am from to make prototypes of each product in the old workshop on the farm.
What is your most prized possession?
A ring given to me from my late husband Martin.
How would you sum up your personal style in one word?
Can you explain a little more about how you make your products?
With the Juniper products, the bushes are cut by my father in our forest, they are then cut to size by my relatives Lars-Olof and Eva in their beautiful workshop, and then I paint and finish the products in London by hand. Same with the other wood products but the wood is sourced locally. The fabric products are screen printed in the UK.
What would you say is your hero product?
I would say my 'Home for Wings' birdhouse or my 'Stepping Stumps' trivet.
Lotta Cole's photographs are credited to Aurélien Thomas.