aControlledSubstance online exclusive:
Rick Shultz photographs the London flat he and designer Jimmie Karlsson share with their cats Christy & Phoenix. Then we play a game of “10 Questions with Jimmie.”
aCS: How would you describe your design aesthetic?
Jimmie Karlsson: Fun, unexpected and imperfect. A mix with old and new.
aCS: Is it/is it not particularly English?
JS: I think it is very London. But also quite New York, where we have a lot of clients. Our furniture is defenitly not Swedish, although both Martin and I are Swedish.
aCS: Do you consider yourself a designer, an artist, a furniture maker?
JS: I’m a furniture designer and interior designer. Some people think I am an artist. I paint on furniture, but I don’t really consider myself an artist.
aCS: What motivates you?
JS: Every day life. Positive people and my passion for interiors.
aCS: What is your formal training?
JS: I haven’t a design degree. I studied art in Sweden before moving to London in 1998. It was always a hobby that turned into an unplanned business in 1994. So here we are!
aCS: What bores you?
JS: Arrogance. Copycats. Pretentious people. Negativity.
aCS: The copycats are too busy being beige. You needn’t worry. Yet!
aCS: What is style?
JS: The freedom to express ourselves and shape the life we live.
aCS: An answer after my own heart, Jimmie!
aCS: What is luxury?
JS: To be able to do what you love to do and get paid for it.
aCS: Amen to that brother. Long live SWEA!
aCS: Who/what are your influences?
JS: It comes from every day life. The streets, news, art, people, music, travel…
aCS: What is your favorite object to design/conceive/produce?
JS: My favourite thing is to do an interior design job for a client who gives us free rein to create.
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