Interview: Lisbeth Ellemose on the art of interior architecture
Lisbeth Ellemose, an Interior Architect mdd from Denmark, has been an interior architect for the last 20 years with her own studio, working on projects within the office and healthcare sector: nursing homes, schools and other public environments.
1. How would you describe your work?
I link the aesthetics, functionality, well-being and atmosphere with textiles, furniture, surfaces, lighting, colors and art.
2. List five things that have inspired you and your work?
I’ve often been inspired by a piece of art, the colors and composition, so really enjoy going to art exhibitions and museums. This has been the ideas behind my designs for Camira’s stand at Stockholm Furniture Fair over the years. This year my inspiration for the stand came from a common staircase and beautiful stones with green moss colours on.
I have also decorated Camira’s show-room in Hellebæk, Denmark. The show-room is located beautifully at Øresund (the sea) with a direct view of Sweden. I transferred the colors from the sea, the newly bloomed beech, the lawn/grass and the sky to the textiles in the show-room using blues, green for the trees and grass, and purple for the sunrise over the Øresund.
Travelling and other cultures are also a big source of my inspiration. The country (landscape) architecture provides inspiration and new angles to my work. It can be the beautiful pillars at the St. Peter’s Church in Rome, the way you dry clothes in Vietnam or even the Inkas use of the huge stones in Peru which can lead to an idea.
An ordinary day reading the newspaper can be the day where a job is fulfilled. A photo or some text can be the reason why the last piece of the puzzle falls into place. Even reading trade magazines is a great way to keep updated and collect new inspiration.
3. How did you begin your career as a designer?
I started my career as a decorator and then studied at Denmark’s Design School to become a designer. From working at different studios, including a financial institution where I gained great experience on materials, colors and office interior decoration, I had the desire to establish my own studio. The desire to create beautiful and functional spaces/rooms where people can thrive and enjoy the experience has always been my driving force.
4. What’s next?
I am collecting inspiration from the Far East and South America to use in my future design projects.
5. An insight into Stockholm Furniture Fair.
After creating Camira’s stand design at the Stockholm Furniture Fair for many years, I know their fabric collection quite well. Every year the Camira collection has been updated with new and exciting fabrics both in terms of texture, pattern and quality. Camira’s stand is always beautiful and welcoming with a lively atmosphere from the team and visitors. Absolutely worth a visit.