Look into the windows of the Domus Nova offices and you will see colour – lots of it. We like to take a fresh approach to things and this year’s Christmas window installation, PAPER, was no exception. Collaborating with designer Katie Stamp, we’ve put a modern spin on a classic bauble. We had a strong idea of what might look cool, but Katie and her team used their skills to make it happen.
As Katie helped us achieve a fantastic result, we have taken the opportunity to find out what makes this designer tick.
Katie, what’s the key to a great window installation?
Simplicity and impact, the two golden rules. You want the public to immediately understand the concept but ultimately every designer wants to capture the ‘WOW’ factor. For that you need a simple idea, executed well.
What has it taken to bring the design sketches to life?
Lots of research, doubles checking materials and preparation. Planning is key to a successful installation.
How do you get inspired?
In the studio I like to surround myself with beautiful typography, illustrations and photography from places I’ve visited or travelled. Also wandering around bustling London streets helps me to collect my thoughts on a new brief, often with a coffee in hand. London inspires me daily - that’s the beauty of living in a stunning city. I like to cycle as much as possible. I still enjoy every time I cycle over London bridges. The view along the river is like a picture postcard.
What do you love about design?
For me, I love problem solving. Being able to design something that not only looks aesthetically pleasing but also solves a client’s problem gives me the most rewarding feeling.
What design trends can you foresee?
As the year is starting to draw to an end I always like to check out Pantone Colour of the Year. Whether its fashion, interiors or branding you are bound to see Pantone’s colour trending throughout the following year. For 2016, it will be the first time they’re blending two colours together - Rose Quartz and Serenity. It’s definitely worth checking out.
Katie Stamp; katiestamp.co.uk