For Desso / Tarkett’s 2017 Clerkenwell Design Week activity, I commissioned Kia Utzon-Frank and Faye McCaul to create a stunning window installation, combining Kia’s patent pending Louver Twisting Comb system, a frame made from recycled yogurt pots, and 21,500 dichroic rods that Faye knitted into a screen that changes colour depending on the light and angle it is viewed from. I also worked with Desso to create a programme of activities for the space. We hosted a ‘fika’ ritual – a cake and coffee break that is an important part of Swedish culture – for which Kia made a series of sculptural cakes covered with Tarkett’s flooring designs and featuring an ‘ombre’ flavour profile that changed in intensity from rhubarb compote to white chocolate and rum ganache depending on which slice you tried. I also chaired a panel event on Designing for Wellbeing in the Workplace, for which I was joined by interior designer Emma Morley, deputy editor of OnOffice magazine Charlotte Taylor and Elinor Huggett, Sustainability Officer for the UK Green Building Council. “
We could never have dreamt of working with the sort of emerging talent Katie commissions and curates for us. Her endless enthusiasm and inspirational ideas help us to deliver really outstanding campaigns.” Louise Palmer, PR for Desso
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