Lindsey lang has had a lot of publicity lately, so you are bound to have come across her works somewhere already. I had some of lindsey's floor tiles on the blog the other week because I LOVE them, so I was really pleased to get to chat to lindsey to find out more...
patternbooth: can you tell me about your design journey; how did you end up where you are today?
lindsey: I pursued Textiles at the University of Kansas and then travelled abroad to complete my Fine Arts degree in Textile Design at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. Once graduated, I was lucky enough to land a job in graphic design. Working in design for nearly 7 years, I worked my way up to Design Director at a graphic design company here in London.
My illustration and graphics experience has proven to shape my fascination with bold, modern print and pattern. I realised that I wanted to go back to my roots and bring some of my ideas to life. So, I worked hard day and night to develop the range prior to the launch at HOME Earl's Court in January 2012. I wanted to ensure that all of my products were safe to use and ready for the shops. Since the debut launch, the business has been a whirlwind of excitement and new venturpaes.
patternbooth: your work is mainly home wares. What made you focus there rather than another market?
lindsey: I was born and raised in Kansas USA where my father taught me how to crochet at a very young age. His mother always used to hand-make his slippers, but he would demolish them within a few days. She taught him how to crochet, and then my father taught me. This is my first memory of making things, and I loved that I could make something functional out of simple ball of yarn. I was always cooking up crafty projects to keep myself occupied at home.
As well as this, my mother was constantly infatuated with the latest gadgets for cooking and baking. We spent many evenings in the kitchen together...When I decided to create the collection, this was a huge influence on my decision to focus on kitchenware products as well as other homewares.
patternbooth: what is your work space like?
lindsey: I have recently moved into a new studio in Bermondsey and I absolutely adore it. It has large windows with a view of London. It's in a building that's buzzing with other creatives. They even have a little lounge area full of found vintage furniture and a cook that provides a fresh lunch on the weekdays for a very cheap and cheerful price
patternbooth: who or what is your design inspiration?
lindsey: I trained as a fine artist, so much of my inspiration has developed through my experience in colour theory, graphic design and illustration. I am constantly inspired by the bold and vibrant surroundings of London, but the core of my creativity is drawn through a range of influences such as Joseph and Anni Albers and Constructivism Movement greats such as El Lissitzky and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. My aim is to create high-quality functional products that are truly original works of art for the home.
patternbooth: a lot of start up designers struggle to find great manufacturers or printers. What advice would you give them?
lindsey: Yes, this can be incredibly difficult...My best advice is to make sure that you get on the phone and speak to people in person. You have to trust your manufacturers and that relationship can't be build via email.
patternbooth: What is next for lindsey lang?
lindsey: Well, I am finalising designs for new additions to the collection within the next couple of weeks. I'll be launching the new designs at HOME Earl's Court this January. That will also be our 1 year anniversary, and I can't believe it!
I am looking forward to getting more products stocked throughout the UK and Europe. It has been an incredible year so far, and I think there will be a few surprises for 2013...You'll have to wait and see.