#1238 A few words with Katie Lockhart

Swanndri store interior

Katie Lockhart makes things look good. Really good. Working across a wide range of mediums (from interior design to editorials, creative direction to window dressing), one day she’ll be designing a retail store, the next, styling a shoot for a magazine. She’s responsible for The Department Store interiors, the just finished Max* store in 277 (which does not feel like a traditional chain retail space) and the creative direction behind Karen Walker’s Jewellery campaigns (in my opinion, the best looking in the world right now). I caught up with Katie by email last week for a little Q&A.

Home NZ editorial

What do you do?
I run a small design consultancy that focuses on interior and still life projects.

Wallpaper editorial

Where are you right now?
East London.

To Sir With Love campaign

What are you working on at the moment?
All sorts of things that are spanning the globe. From writing to art directing to designing.

Khai Liew creative direction

What was the last job you completed?
An article for CASE DA ABITARE on how I managed to get from Milan (after the Furniture Fair) to London whilst the volcano was erupting in Iceland.

Karen Walker Jewellery campaign

What is your favourite type of job? Styling/window displays or designing entire spaces?
I really enjoy projects that I initiate myself, like for example the road trip that I did with Derek Henderson to shoot the Mahia Maraes for World of Interiors.

Spiral staircase at The Department Store

Do you approach different jobs differently – say The Department Store vs MAX 277?
It really comes down to my client/s and their expectations of me and how I work. I am quite adaptable but generally I would say my consistent handwriting over all my jobs would be colour and material orientated.

A gallerist’s apartment interior

Dream job?
Creative directing an interiors publication.

All photos taken from Katie Lockhart’s website.

*In the interests of full disclosure, Max employs me to blog on their website once a week.


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  1. Anonymous says

    What happened to “To Sir With Love” cashmere I have not seen much around of late? and the Swanndri Karen Walker collections?

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