An Interview with Katja BehreAn Interview with Katja BehreAn Interview with Katja Behre

An Interview with Katja Behre

An interview with Katja Behre – the designer behind the innovative surface design and product brand Elli Popp

Elli Popp has been a design practice that I have had the fortunate opportunity to see grow over the last years. Elli Popp is undoubtedly one of the UkKs most interesting and innovative brands to emerge from the interior scene. Elli Popp’s work features a range of neo-romantic designs blended with the balancing use of colour, shape and theme. Often influenced by nature, Elli Popp offers a nostalgic relief through elegant yet contemporary motifs within an ever urbanising modern world.

One of Elli Popp’s continuing philosophies is to create designs and products specific to the client’s requests and needs. I caught up with Katja post-London Design Festival where she showed as part of the Design Nation collective.

‘Being part of LDF was great for press activity’ explains Katja. ‘We had two displays as part of Decorex and simultaneously showed two new works in Brixton.’

As part of LDF Elli Popp showcased the Cosmos Mural, a dramatic wall surface which engages with interior spaces almost as a portal to another world. Rich colours and textures combined with a theatrical ambience allows the onlooker to escape reality and be part of a more harmonious world.

‘Cosmos is a vintage, nostalgic, contemporary interpretation of Space. There is something to explore in different ways....enjoy the journey.’

The Cosmos Collection is available in two different ‘universe collections’: Les Voyages Fantastique which uses hues of soft blues, greys and imaginative rock landscapes and ‘De la terre a la lune’ (from the earth to the moon) which utilises dark ambient colours that provoke mystery and calm. In addition to wall coverings there is a unique collection of cushions.

Katja is currently working on the 2017 collection which she explains will follow in the footsteps of previous work, delving into her imagination and celebrating her ability to inspire onlookers who view her works.

Elli Popp is one of the Design-Nation designers who show work as a collective and offers an online portfolio for craft, design and product. ‘Design-Nation is a fantastic platform for creatives to meet and share spaces as well as knowledge and experience. Since being a member I have met amazing people and showed along them. It offers opportunities to everyone.’

More collections by Elli Popp may be found here

Written by Andrew Tanner
Brand Ambassador, Design Nation

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Introducing new talent #summerofdesign

With the 2016 London Design Festival happening across the London this week Design Nation brings to you a series of blogs and highlights from across the festival together with news from our members from across the UK.

Design Nation plays a prestigious part in the Design calendar each summer. We start by sponsoring One Year On with New Designers and end our summer of Design with our prestigious members showcase at Decorex.

Before we head to the capital however and visit our members at Decorex, our second #summerofdesign blog follows one of our ‘New Designers 2016’ winners, the ceramicist and printmaker Hannah Tounsend.

Hannah won the prize back in July and since then she has been growing her business and raising her profile as a designer, maker and artist.
‘Exhibiting at New Designers was a very valuable experience’ explains Hannah. ‘It resulted in sales and a new range of opportunities. Winning the One Year On award greatly raised my profile and gave me the opportunity to work towards the challenge of creating My solo show in 2017 with the National Centre for Craft and Design’.

Hannah was awarded the prize for her vessels that bridged sculpture and markmaking which is often inspired by the coastal landscapes from across the UK.  Hannah is becoming recognized as one of the freshest talents to emerge from the ND One Year On exhibition within recent years with her statement ceramics and large scale prints.

Earlier in 2016 she held residency at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark. The residency supported Hannah’s creative thinking and craftsmanship in the creation of her ‘Hybrid Vessels’. Today Hannah is midway through her commission piece for next years Ceramic Biennial.

Hannah is currently working as part of the Southern cohort of the Crafts Councils Hothouse scheme and will eventually lead to the opening of a new multi discipline exhibition opening in November of this year. Hannah is aiming high and is wanting to collaborate more with architects and speciefiers as she creates larger scale ceramics a new prints in watercolours for public spaces and interiors.

Click here to contact Hannah Tounsend

Written by Andrew Tanner
Brand Ambassador, Design Nation

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