Curious to know what drives the founder of Khafilo and where she gets her inspiration from?
Read the article and get the answers.
The founder of Khafilo Studio, Camilla Liedecke, has answered questions about her passion for design, where she gets her inspiration from, and which factors that drives her towards her dream of creating inspiring spaces where people can come together and enjoy life.
Q: What was your first experience with architecture and interior design?
A: When looking back, I have always been a creative soul and already at a young age, I found so much joy in designing and re-designing my own room. I could literally spend hours organizing everything and move my stuff around in order to constantly change things up.
However, it was first when I grew older that the idea of becoming an interior designer struck me. Unfortunately, studying interior design in Denmark can be a challenge and the possibilities are very limited. For this reason, I decided to buy a one-way ticket across the Atlantic in order to pursue my dream; destination - Santa Barbara, California. I enrolled in Architecture and Interior Design classes at the college in Santa Barbara, and I loved every second of it. I was able to use my creativity within a field, which I was deeply passionate about – it was like a new world was unfolding itself to me.
Q: How did your time in Santa Barbara influence your relation to the field of architecture and interior design?
A: My time in Santa Barbara taught me so much and changed my perception of life in so many ways. Not only did I learn to master the skills within the field, but I did also become aware of the fact that I could pursue a career within something I truly loved and had a deep passion about. I learned that hard work always pays off, and how important it is to have dreams and ambitions for yourelf.
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My style constantly evolves, which is, to me at least, the beauty of creating and designing spaces. For this reason, I am not able to put a specific label on it. That being said, there are of course certain elements, which are commonly recognizable in my way of designing. To me, designing is about mixing contemporary with vintage and playing around with different colors, textures, and architectural objects in order to give a space the voice it deserves. I want to create spaces which tell a story. When designing I like to use more earth toned colors and natural materials, such as wood, marble, and leather, which reflect a more Nordic style.
However, even though I might be more into the Nordic way of decorating a space, a client's wishes and needs will always be my top priority, and for this reason, my style keeps evolving, as I learn so much from each project by working with different clients. One must never forget that the true talent of a designer is to not just to create a beautiful and functional space, but also to recognize the special and individual, based on the ones who are living there.
Q: What inspires you?
A: My biggest source of inspiration comes from my surroundings; to me inspiration is everywhere. It is simply a matter of training your eye, which is also why my style keeps evolving, as I keep getting better at this. My collection of vintage architectural books has also become a great source of inspiration to me. I have found that there is so much we can learn from old artists and craftsmen in how we design today.
Q: What is good design to you?
"To me, good design is when a space makes you feel good, yet serves a purpose of functionality".
A: Good design should tell a story; tell a story about who you are as a person. Being invited into another person's home reveals so much to you about that person. Is it a person who likes colors and take risks, is it a person who has a lot of books and loves to read, or is it a person who likes to collect art pieces? This also applies when you visit a restaurant or a hotel. Therefore, the story of a space is so important when designing and decorating it.
To me, good design is when a space makes you feel good, yet serves a purpose of functionality. Functionality goes hand in hand with great design. Also, time gives soul to an object, and that I find extremely attractive and flattering.
Q: What would be your dream project?
A: The Danish Royal House - for sure!
Q: What drives you to do what you love?
A: 1. Passion, 2. Courage and 3. Ambitions.
Passions makes you work hard even when things seem unpleasant.
Those who have courage will live to pursue their goal.
Ambitions - the powerful push to a satisfying life.
Curious to know more? I am always happy to answer whatever question you may have.