It's hard to describe the career of Athena Calderone - no one label covers everything. She works in interior design, she's an author, a recipe writer, podcast host and influencer in the truest sense of the word. Her work has been on the cover of Livingetc twice, and her style continues to influence how we put our pages together, taking inspiration from the way she curates and collects.
In this episode she talks about how she turned her eye for design into a career, the lapses in confidence and the tricks she used to get over them, plus how she goes about sourcing all her objet.
And stay tuned, for at the end of the episode, senior textile buyer for Heal's Hannah Thistlethwaite shares her thoughts on how fledgling brands can get noticed.
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8. Sarah Sherman Samuel38:36Sarah Sherman Samuel’s approach to her career is a modern one - she didn’t have a set path and moved across the country a couple of times, going where the wind took her and landing jobs where she could when she arrived. But her flair for taking a good photograph, coupled with some early career training in spatial design, saw her deciding to renovate her own home and document it online.Her California sunshine aesthetic resonated, and her project began to be shared and re-shared, growing her an army of fans who still follow along to catch a glimpse of her beautifully lit home - so beautifully lit, in fact, that when we put a corner of her house on our cover, complete with mustard yellow armchair and dappled light, the cover line that summed up her approach simply said ‘golden hour.’Home Truths is a product of Livingetc, hosted by Pip McCormac. This episode was sponsored by Harlequin.
7. Bill Amberg31:50Bill Amberg’s luxury leather goods - his bags, his purses, his baby slings and his floors, are characterised by their buttery softness, by the caramel tones and bright colours, and by how lovely they are to touch. But although his goods tend to belong in a fairly rarfied world, Bill himself is welcoming, passionate and playful inventor, constantly looking for new ways to improve on the material that has been the enduring love affair of his career. He came of age in London at the same time as Tom Dixon, when there was a punky attitude and anything goes approach to design, and its fascinating to see how that feeling has stayed with him throughout his career. Home Truths is a product of Livingetc, hosted by Pip McCormac. This episode is sponsored by Harlequin.
6. Kit Kemp48:09Kit Kemp's hotels and books and blogs are known for a sense of wonderful, joyful refinement. Bright colours, bold patterns and a real ebullience characterise her work, seeing her become one of the most loved designers working in the industry today. Yet she has no formal training, and much of what she knows she learned on the job, by following her instinct and having an understanding of space and scale.Home Truths is a product of Livingetc, hosted by Pip McCormac. This week's episode is sponsored by Harlequin.
5. Guy Oliver44:30He has worked on some of the most revered hotels in the world, from Claridges and The Connaught to The Standard in New York, but Guy Oliver started life very differently.As a closeted gay navy recruit interiors became his retreat, and his passion led him to apprentice in some very grand Scottish homes before taking over and rebranding the agency he now runs, Oliver Laws. Home Truths is a product of Livingetc, and hosted by Pip McCormac. This episode is sponsored by Harlequin.
4. Jonathan Adler49:49He defines his designs as Modern American Glamour, and while Jonathan Adler has added glitz and gilt to every part of the home, he began as a potter working all day long to create pots for stores such as Barney's. He has turned his work ethic into an empire, using his skill as a creative to learn new techniques and try new things, opening stores, designing homes and hotels and becoming - in his words - the luckiest potter in the world.Home Truths is a product of Livingetc, hosted by Pip McCormac. This episode was sponsored by Harlequin.
3. Martin Brudnizki32:01Designer Martin Brudnizki has worked on almost every iconic hotel and restaurant to have opened in the last 15 years or so. From Scotts to Sexy Fish, from Soho Beach House in Miami to Dean Street Townhouse in London, he's masterminded the interiors of each one.His brand of comfortable sophistication has see him become much in demand, launch his own furniture line and expand to run a company with offices in both London and New York.Home Truths is a product of Livingetc, hosted by Pip McCormac. This episode is sponsored by Harlequin.
2. Abigail Ahern43:00Interior designer, author, store owner, manufacturer and teacher Abigail Ahern has come along way since accidentally finding herself running a design team without quite knowing what she was doing.Setting up a global brand, she has learned to trust her tastes and be open about herself - in doing so she has won an army of fans. As her latest book, Everything: A Maximalist Style Guide, is published, Abigail looks back on how she got to where she is today.Home Truths is a product of Livingetc, hosted by Pip McCormac. This episode was sponsored by Harlequin.
1. Ini Archibong50:27International designer Ini Archibong has lived a pretty incredible life. His lack of fear around asking for help has seen him walk into an architect's office off the street and convince them to train him, has seen the internet fund his fledgling career and has meant he's been able to design collections for brands such as Se and Hermes.He grew up in LA, moved to Singapore and has since settled in the mountains of Switzerland, where his approach to putting his ambitions out into the world has helped turn him into one of this generation's most dynamic creatives.Home Truths is a product of Livingetc, hosted by Pip McCormac. This episode was sponsored by Harlequin.