Designers, like all of us, are embracing the new realities of a life lived primarily at home. In this week’s episode of AD Visits, viewers get a glimpse into the current routines of two creative forces. For Beata Heuman, the Swedish interior designer who was welcomed to the AD100 list this year, the new normal revolves around the London dwelling she shares with her husband and young children. After being introduced by AD Editor in Chief Amy Astley, Heuman takes viewers on a journey through her color- and pattern-filled dwelling.
For the designer, who has her own product line, the home is the perfect place to showcase her creations in situ. Pieces like her Lyre cabinet, Wave longue, Swan cabinet, and Dodo Egg pendant light set the scene, while exuberant details like floral upholstery, rattan furnishings, blue cabinets, and an extra-large porthole window complete the eclectic assortment. On the tour, Heuman shares details about how the spaces are used—the garden pavilion is the perfect spot for a drink, while the blanket-covered patch of grass is where reading often takes place. It’s an illuminating peek into the home life of one of the design world’s most promising new talents.
Next up in the episode is a discussion with two other AD100 designers—John and Christine Gachot of Gachot Studios. AD’s West Coast Editor Mayer Rus chats with the duo about how they’re managing their firm and spending their time in quarantine. Their residence in Shelter Island, New York, is their family’s current base, and the Gachots talk about the craft projects, cocktail making, and cooking pursuits that are filling their nonworking hours. But perhaps most notably, the designers also weigh in on the current state of the business, both in terms of their own practice and more broadly. “I’m very optimistic,” Christine says in the video, speaking particularly about the residential sector of interior design. Also, John points out that design is fundamentally about problem solving: In other words, design professionals are already well equipped to navigate challenges of all stripes. The design power couple’s hopeful outlook feels a bit like a breath of fresh air.
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