Okayim Salmela is the mastermind of our newest exclusive furniture collection, mother to lovable pup Casanova, and a lover of all issues design. Stylewise, she identifies with the Naturalist, embracing natural textures and pure supplies. On the similar time, she understands the “why not?” aesthetic of the Eclectic, and her love of refined glam suits proper in with the Curator. “I really feel like I don’t have an outlined fashion,” says the California-based designer. We chatted with Kim about her love of the combo and her mission to create furnishings that feels each contemporary and completely basic.
Within the midst of designing her unique furnishings assortment for One Kings Lane, Kim was going via one large style-defining train: adorning her home. This entailed taking down partitions and constructing new ones, tearing out tile and put new tile in.
“This home is forcing me to be like, ‘What’s my fashion?’” says Kim. By no means one to decide to a singular aesthetic, she finds herself enjoying round with the stability. “I’ll stand in a single nook and take a look at that a part of my home and understand one thing doesn’t really feel proper,” she says. “I understand it’s as a result of the world is just too monotone, too pure. I’ve received an excessive amount of earthy stuff happening, and I would like that edge.” She finds that edge via contradiction: “I like to have distinction with the previous and new, the trendy and classic, the female and masculine, and the onerous with the gentle.”
On the coronary heart of Kim’s fashion is her connection to classic. “I’ve at all times liked objects that really feel like they’ve a soul,” she says. Years of antiquing throughout the globe have taught her to hunt out one-of-a-kind items. As any good Naturalist does, she prefers issues that really feel handcrafted. In actual fact, she brings a degree of artisanal craftsmanship to her collections by having many of the items made by hand in a Southern California workshop. She provides classic aptitude to her upholstered items by drawing on data of classic textiles from Africa and Asia. Whereas every assortment feels a bit totally different in its personal method, the through-line is Kim’s dedication to her fashion.
The Kim Salmela for One Kings Lane Assortment is constructed round the concept furnishings ought to be each timeless and of the second. “It’s on-trend however by no means stylish,” she says. The designs are all about fashion with endurance. “I wished to present One Kings Lane a couple of kinds that might turn out to be these new classics,” she says. Kim sees the gathering as a solution to the query: “How do you reside with stuff you love?” To reply, she melds basic silhouettes with efficiency materials. “I need to create items that enable folks to have fashionable properties however not at the price of livability. I would like the furnishings to be really used.”
- Her favourite colour: “My favourite colour proper now’s a nutmeg, a heat, form of brownish colour. However I’m additionally actually obsessive about lavender.”
- Her favourite piece within the assortment: “The Laguna Sofa, due to the curves.”
- Her favourite sort of cloth: “One thing with textures, so both a bouclé or a fake shearling.”
- On stripes: “I’ve this bizarre obsession with stripes as a result of it’s essentially the most versatile sample, it’s gender impartial, and it goes with all the pieces.”
- Two issues she will’t stay with out: “Everybody’s going to know the reply to this. The primary is Casanova. The second is espresso.”