If ever there was an artist that would instantaneously unfold utter happiness and pure pleasure, it might be the London-based Camille Walala. Recognized for her use of geometric patterns and daring colours, the French artist partnered with Our Division to translate her aesthetic right into a vibrant new studio that’s 100% inspiring. The brand new house at Regent Studios is equal components Memphis, Pop artwork, and post-modernism – immediately recognizable with Walala’s signature stamp. There may be zero doubt that nothing however magic occurs right here.
Having landed in London over 25 years in the past, Walala has labored out of many workplaces alongside together with her inventive + life companion, Julia Jomaa. The duo introduced in one other pair – Simon Sawyer and Gustave Andre, aka Our Division – to assist remodel their summary concepts right into a practical house the place they’ll convey their imaginative visions to life. Collectively, they realized a vibrant and dynamic house that’s sure to spark limitless creativity.
The studio is separated into two rooms: one the place they’ll get messy with paint and mannequin constructing, and the opposite for the “clear” work on computer systems. Whereas pretty modest in measurement, the 2 areas produce a plethora of labor, together with large-scale public mission collaborations, after which smaller scale artwork, from work to sculptures to ceramics, that Walala creates herself.
At first, Walala was involved about bringing in an excessive amount of sample and coloration, not wanting it to overhaul the continuing work rotating by way of the studio. “I benefit from the ambiance of the studio after I’m working. I wish to inhabit the aesthetic absolutely, and push it in a brand new route,” she stated. “However I don’t need any Walala type at residence, Julia and I simply have artworks by different individuals we like.”
Every mission begins with a sketch or drawing to get the inspiration going.
Within the kitchen, the door and drawer fronts are painted in 4 vibrant colours, all unified with black outlines, a characteristic typically seen all through Walala’s work.
To make sure an general cohesive house, Walala and Jomaa made a mannequin of the design in SketchUp. Sturdy supplies are utilized in order make the areas as practical as doable, whereas guaranteeing they might final and keep the aesthetic so long as they plan to remain there.
Her vivid coloration palette is grounded with the usage of black, and particularly, black and white stripes.
Most all the pieces is customized and constructed by Our Division out of smaller elements that made it simpler to place collectively on web site. Once they selected to go away the studio, the furnishings and constructions can simply be disassembled and moved.
Some of the iconic items from the Memphis period, the Bookcase by Ettore Sottsass from 1981, stands out but blends in completely.
Pictures by Taran Wilkhu.