#DesignerInterview - Kouamo from London

Our latest interview is with the textile designer Julie Kouamo, the founder behind the brand Kouamo that brings stories of traveling and colour into your home.

The founder, Julie Kouamo.

After finishing my degree in London I started to freelance in this city as it was where I built up my business network. I also believe that London is full of opportunities and very multicultural which definitely fits my business.

London

I would say the top of the Shard at sunrise or at sunset. It will give you the complete view of London, its monuments, its architecture and you would feel on top of the world.

The Shard

Having my own brand enables me to bring creativity with my values. I really enjoy being my own boss and having different caps on depending on the days and on what we need to focus on as a brand: the social media community manager one day, the sales person the other, the accountant, the person in charge of recruitment and most importantly being able to choose which direction I want the brand to go.

Travel-inspired, Colorful and Bold.

The Juan y Pitin Cushion

I love this print because it really reminds me of my time in Viñales where the time stood still and people were looking at the time passing by sitting on the Sillions, the traditional Cuban chairs with their dogs lounging in the sun.

With the Viñales Collection, Kouamo takes you to a small town in North West Cuba. Cuba is an island full of fascination and under the surface, much is changing. Here in the countryside though, it feels that time is on hold.

Our designs draw on the beauty in the detail of everyday life in the Cuban countryside. The music in the air, a queue at the bakery, games on the outdoor football pitch and animals running free in the courtyard.

Cuba
Togo Sofas

The Togo Sofa from Ligne Roset, the Angelopoise Giant Lamp and a travel map!

Papua New Guinea: the country, the fauna and flora sounds lush as well as meeting the tribes there to understand their culture.

Papua N. Guinea

I get my sketchbook out and go on and about in the city and start drawing. Or I take a life drawing class.

Being stocked at ABC Carpet and Home in Manhattan in New York.

Don’t give up on your dream!

Put your objectives down and do your market research.

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