Effortlessly cool, with an utterly stunning range of luxury, non-repeating geometric and bespoke wallpapers, Kirath Ghundoo has a design studio to watch. It’s no surprise then that she has worked on projects across the world and was nominated for an Elle Decoration British Design Award. I love the concept behind the mix ’n’ match collection; no repeat, no matching – you just start one strip where the last one finished and can mix up different patterns within the collection, allowing you to create a truly unique design. I’m certainly on the look out for the right project to use these in.
Read on to find out more about Kirath’s inspiration and work, and do follow her on Instagram to see what she’s up to.
1/ What was the main driver behind setting up your design studio?
I graduated from Leeds College of Art with a degree in printed textiles and surface pattern design and went on to become a university lecturer. This love of teaching design inspired me to set up my own brand as having my own business was always something I wanted to pursue. In 2011 I completed my MA in Textiles at Huddersfield University and spent the year setting up my brand. I launched my first wallpaper collection at 100% Design in London in 2011 and the response was overwhelming. I’ve been trading for 7 years now and what a journey it has been! I am inspired by pattern and colour everywhere and my design work allows me to represent my interpretation of the world around me.
2/ What do you love most about your work?
I love the creative freedom of my job and how I express myself as a designer without adhering to trends. I like to break the rules of conventional design, which is exactly what my wallpapers do. They allow the user to create a unique feature wall which is dictated by their own preferences.
3/ Where do you find your inspiration?
I can be inspired pretty much anywhere and especially the most bizarre and flamboyant places. My main inspirations comes from travel. I spent this summer in Miami and Puerto Rico and it is a designer’s dream! I have just designed a new wallpaper based on Miami which has just been released!
4/ Describe your work/style in 3 words?
Spontaneous, quirky, bold
5/ Where’s your favourite place to work?
I love my office space and spend most of my time working there. However, being mobile means I can work anywhere, including the beach…
6/ Do you ever suffer from a “creative block” and, if so, how do you deal with it?
Yes I do! If this happens the best way for me to deal with it is to do something else. This lets me recharge and come back to it later with a new perspective.
7/ What do you think are going to be the next trends in your field?
I don’t follow trends and certainly don’t design to them. There are always certain colour trends that come around within interiors which I am conscious of, however these rarely impact my design work.
8/ What are you the most proud of?
I was nominated for an Elle Decoration British Design Award which was pretty special but I also love seeing the positive impact my work has on my clients. It feels nice to brighten up their spaces!
9/ What’s next for your studio?
I am in the middle of designing a new range for the KG Basics 19 collection so I’m busy working on that. I have some exciting commercial projects in the pipeline for some fabulous feature walls and I’m hoping to do Decorex 2019!