KELLY WEARSTLER

FOR OUR DESIGN ISSUE WE INTERVIEWED KELLY WEARSTLER, FOUNDER OF KELLY WEARSTLER STUDIO. THE LOS ANGELES-BASED COMPANY HAS GROWN FROM BOUTIQUE INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM TO GLOBAL LIFESTYLE BRAND. DISCOVER MORE THROUGH OUR EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW

Hello Kelly, nice to meet you! Our issue this month is about Design. What’s design today? What is about, what do you think is the next trend/goal and how your passion was born
The sexiest aspect of the design industry is the mercurial nature of the work. Designs that explore a clever use of materiality, juxtaposition of styles from a range of eras, and risk taking aesthetics appeal to me most. Quality and thoughtful details are timeless. I have always been drawn to design. You could say my love for design is in my blood. My mother was a designer and she took me to antique shows and auctions as a girl, educating my eye from a young age. Interior design combines so many of my passions – architecture, art history, sculpture, pattern, texture, light and movement. It’s truly my dream job.

A source/talent as source of inspiration
Design is very intuitive for me and I find inspiration everywhere. Mother Nature, architecture, fashion, art are all incredible influences. Travel is hugely inspiring. It broadens the mind like nothing else. Taking risks inspires me. My process is one of curiosity and experimentation. Some of my greatest influences are Pierre Cardin, Oscar Niemeyer, Carlo Scarpa and Louis Kahn.

Design and Fashion. Design and Art. Do you think that design can be combined and works well when mixed to fashion or art?
Absolutely! My aesthetic is a juxtaposition of so many different loves, with art and fashion among them. Fashion has definitely taught me to treat materiality in a different way. I pay so much attention to the hand of things, the feel and detail of the tailoring. Infusing gemstones, mixed metals and the artisanal sculpture work that is jewelry is a favorite way to imbue a room with depth, character and luxury. It is all alchemy.

An object that you particularly love
Pierre Chareau’s Fly Sconce. The materiality is so beautiful and the design so pure. It makes a singular statement.

The most interesting project you have been working on
I’ve been collaborating with Peter Shire, Stan Bitters and Jun Kaneko on custom furniture and large scale sculptural installations for residential and large scale commercial design projects. It’s an incredible experience to work with different artists and gain an education in new and different materiality, processes and disciplines. The result is a distinguishing spirit of originality along with inspiration, fun and friendship.