Very excited to have the super talent that is Naomi Paul on this weeks The Makers. As you can see from her work above there is good reason she was named Young Designer of the year 2012 by Homes & Gardens magazine. Her products artfully walk the line between modernity and traditional craft and here at Muse & Maker we are big fans. Huge thanks Naomi for taking part!
How important do you think your working and home environment are to you? ... for example is the work you make reflected in your personal space?
I do have my own designs in my home mixed in with found and second hand objects.
Form, function or fantasy?
For me form and function go hand in hand.
What do you think has informed your personal aesthetic?
Everyday objects / Middle European folk interiors and a desire to make useful beautiful everyday items which consider the whole life of the piece from construction to use to end of life and how that product can be easily dismantled and reused or recycled.
Do you have a project that was a turning point in finding your creative path?
There hasn’t been one distinct tuning point it has been a very gradual progression with each product or event I have undertaken but certainly forming BricolageProject collective created the perfect framework for discussion and exploration which in tern has definitely given me confidence in my approach to business and craft.
Do you have a dream project or client?
Anything large scale.
How important is collaboration to you?
Working with other craftsmen and people who are highly skilled in there trade whether it is design or purely craftsmanship is essential to the way I work.What is your opinion on taste and style?
It is very personal and individual. Organic forms will always transcend taste.
Are you interested in trends in your field?
Yes I am always looking at what is defining the times we live in.
Where is your favourite place to be?
In a deep discussion with my yarn supplier or problem solving in the studio.
Naomi Paul is a London based designer who is creating some truly unique and intelligent textiles for interior products and spaces. Her aesthetic is clean and modern yet takes inspiration and methods from the past.
An expert in combining vintage and charity with contemporary items in her own life, her designs are created using a range of recycled, upcycled, organic, industry waste and British luxury material. Through physical exploration of the yarns constructing and deconstructing ideas Naomi’s designs evolve organically, forming pattern through structure with a subtle sophisticated use of colour. Inspired by traditional craft techniques and the emotional attachment we all hold to materials, Naomi explores the possibilities of knit and crochet for interior application both for the home and commercial settings.