The Young Prince of Interior Design

06 April, 2017

Luke Edward Hall is just 27, but his illustrations have already appeared in the pages of Vogue, W, The Times, GQ, and many more. Blending bright, vibrant colors and contemporary references from Cocteau to Picasso, his offbeat, maximalist aesthetic is catching fire. We sat down with the interior design world's wunderkind/artist to get a glimpse into his creative process and the many creative collaborations he’s currently working on.

You started in menswear.

Yes, I studied menswear at Central Saint Martins in London. I was also selling antiques online at the same time. I finished my degree and worked in interior design for two years, before setting up my own studio at the end of 2015.

Is that when you started realizing you were interested in fabrics, patterns, and colors?

I've always loved color. My menswear was very colorful - lots of patterns, prints, bright colors, and the work that I do now is a continuation - it's very eclectic - mixing a bit of this with a bit of that. I've always been interested in interiors as well as fashion. When I moved to London, I got into the fashion scene and decided that I wanted to study fashion design, but I ended up gravitating towards interiors; it's a nice world to be a part of. I now work across different disciplines and I collaborate with fashion brands as well as interior brands, which I really enjoy. I've never really wanted to be put into a particular box.

Tell us about your ceramics. Do you have a specific approach to that medium?

It's a different medium, but the approach is the same really. I enjoy collecting ceramics very much and so wanted to have a go at producing some myself. It's fun and different for me, working with three-dimensional objects, and I love that you end up with something that is decorative for the home but also useful. I develop the shapes and then work with a potter who makes them for me, then I paint each piece by hand.

“I've never really wanted to be put into a particular box.”

How would you describe your inspiration for your characters?

I have lots of different inspirations. In regards to artists, I love Cocteau and Picasso and the Bloomsbury Group, a group of artists working in England during the first half of the twentieth century. They painted, but they also decorated interiors, designed furniture and produced fabrics...

I saw that you're working now on a Georgian country house. How do you envision your dream house?

Ideally I'd love a folly in the English countryside! An old tower or gatehouse or pavilion perhaps. Somewhere romantic with a bit of a magic about it. It should be near the sea too and have lots of hills and valleys around it...

Collaboration with Parker Palm Springs Hotel, California.
Collaboration with Burberry.

I also saw recently you’ve been working on a project in Palm Springs. That’s about as different from the English countryside as one could get: different light, different vegetation, a different civilization almost.

Yes, I did some illustrations for a hotel in Palm Springs. I love the English country house aesthetic, but I'm a fan of American mid-century architecture too. I went to Palm Springs last year, and I fell in love with the low, triangular houses, the desert landscape, the palm trees, mountains and bright light.

What does a typical day look like for you? Do you start drawing, or do you start by emailing…

I don't really have a routine. I usually come to my studio early and try and get emails out of the way. Every day is different because I'm always working on a variety of projects. I might start painting, working on a new fabric design or selecting fabrics for an interior design job. Earlier this week I was in Scotland painting vases. I love that I'm always caught up in a whirlwind of creativity!

“[My work] is about appreciating all of the beauty in the world and living life to the full.”

Could you say a word about your collaboration with Burberry? What’s the creative process been like?

They got in touch and told me that they liked my work, which was really lovely to hear. The collaboration came about very naturally. They suggested that I could get involved with their campaign, and I ended up responding to Mario Testino's photographs with my illustrations which then became part of the campaign. I created an installation in their London flagship store which then moved to Seoul - my drawings were made huge and put in windows and on billboards around the world, I displayed my ceramics in the stores, we made keyrings together - lots of fun things!

Is there a mood you're trying to create with your designs?

I'm trying to create a bit of an atmosphere with everything that I do. I hope that my work is optimistic and fun, but elegant too. In simple terms it's about appreciating all of the beauty in the world and living life to the full.

Words by The Editors. Drawings, illustrations and photos (c) Luke Edward Hall. You can check Luke's journal here.

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