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Interview: Meet Camille Arnould-Walachowski
Creative mind behind walac.
We are happy to introduce you WALAC. A Glasgow based design studio created by the French artist & designer Camille Arnould-Walachowski, an inspiring woman who works hard to build her own dream.
“The studio focuses on building stories through shape, materiality, and their relationship to space.”
She started out with a series of interchangeable architectural medallions, unique pieces handcrafted in her studio. Her work combines surrealism and minimalism for an interior decoration that stands out!
“Built for tenants that cannot settle, day dreamers, clouds hunters, stars stalkers and for your ever-evolving mood, walac. medallions explore an undiscovered territory in the house.” -
Is she talking about me? haha
I had the chance to interview Camille and ask her a few questions. #exclusiveinterview
Hello Camille. Could you tell us more about walac.? How did it start and why?
The idea of opening a design studio has always been there, I wanted to design things since I was a kid and I just never truly embraced it until now.
I had always been interested in the idea of domestic abstraction or even domestic extraction in my sculpture work, so walac. was the natural evolution to act directly on my environment.
Opening my own design studio was a way to finally articulate all the things I care about: design, space, shapes, art, literature, photography, and philosophy, for the purpose of one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture, interchangeable wall and ceiling medallions, and objects of curiosity. I wish to create with this studio abstract thinking for daydreamers to live in.
Could you tell us more about you?
I was born in the north of France, than raised on the French Riviera. I studied in Paris and I moved to Scotland a year after graduating. I have two master degrees in Fine Arts, which I did in two different schools at the same time (ENSAPC and Université Paris I Panthéon Sorbonne). I do like to have my feet simultaneously on different grounds, between cultures. That keeps me on the move and in constant questioning.
I took some time off from my day job to focus on getting the studio on track, but literally until the day before I put the website online, I was at the studio all day and evenings I would spend working at a restaurant – I liked the flexibility and the kind of stability of hospitality. I never agreed to settle on a 9-5 job as I always wanted to save time for my ideas.
Where does your inspiration come from?
I can be a very quiet person because I am really busy absorbing everything I see, hear, feel... Being very attentive, observant, because shapes, words, stories, ideas can emerge from the tiniest things. I really need downtime to digest and process it all. To trigger ideas, I scroll into my mind and let things connect.
I have imagined the concept of sculptural and removable ceiling medallions while observing the shadows of a horrible lamp on my bathroom’s ceiling because I was feeling slightly homesick for Paris in my bathtub. It was not a Eureka moment but it started to grow from there. Frustration always makes me very creative and I thought the outdated ceiling medallions could really benefit from a contemporary twist.
I am always reacting to spaces. Space is the first thing I consider when thinking of a product. I have to see the big picture. How it will marry the space and objects around it. How it can be part of a story that does not exist yet.
What is your best (or most stressful) design/production memory so far?
I guess the most stressful thing I experienced was finding good suppliers. It was a very long process and it gave me serious trust issues. When you do things for the first time, finding someone who fits your quality standards and whom you can rely on happens to be very challenging. But when you find them they become the most precious thing you have.
What do you wish for walac.?
I wish to have the chance to bring out all the projects I have for the studio. I want to keep challenging archetypes, tell more stories and help people have a better experience of life, out of conventions.
Any exciting new projects coming soon?
Developing walac. is very exciting. I will release a collection of sculptural chairs very soon and I am already working on a second collection of interchangeable wall and ceiling medallions for spring 2019. I am also hoping to launch a furniture collection in autumn 2019, essentially centered on shelves. Collecting and displaying are two things that really drive me.
What is your morning routine?
My morning routine starts the day before. I plan my next day every night before going to bed. In the morning, I allow myself some time to drift on the internet while having breakfast. It helps me stay inspired and connected to what is happening. Then I try to do as many things on my list as I can. With practice, I am getting closer to making more realistic lists.
And finally, could you tell us what is your favorite city in the world? Why?
I would love to be able to say what is my favorite city in the world but I did not travel enough and so I am still unsure where I would like to settle for good. However, I do know what my ideal city would look like. It would be a city with interesting architecture, interesting people and lots of things happening, but all blended into a jungle forest, with wild lakes, cascades and rivers. So I am thrilled that it is the kind of trend some cities are (slowly) evolving towards.
Otherwise, I think I would really like New York, for the people. It looks like a nest of creative people constantly redefining how things are.
Thank you, Camille :)
If you are decorating an apartment, a hotel, a restaurant... contact her!
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