Hi everyone – today’s Designer Interview is with none other than Chloe Brookman of Olli Ella.
What is Olli Ella about?
Olli Ella is a homewares brand for homebodies like us. We are all about elevating the everyday normal by creating beautiful, ethically-made products for everyday use.
How did you get started?
Olli Ella started in the basement of an art gallery in London, which my sister Olivia and I owned (and still do today). We had an idea to create a line of nursing chairs that were locally made, modern, and stylish – which at the time did not exist. The company grew very quickly, with an office opening in Sydney 18 months later, and a collection which we expanded into homewares, textiles and storage.
We wanted to create a line of homewares that were ethically made and are influenced by the places where they are made (for example our Belly Baskets were designed with a nod to the traditional rice baskets used in Vietnam, our bedding was made in a 200 year old mill in England, our jute rugs made by our artisans in India have been made for centuries in this particular region).
What are the design trends you are seeing emerge for 2016/7?
You’ll see it in our next collection for early 2017 – but this year for us it’s all about returning to the hand-made, a resurgence of the homebody, the bohemian, the craftsman.
What is your favourite room in your home?
Our family room (otherwise known as the white room).
Thank you to Chloe for taking the time to spend with us today, You can see more of Olli Ella here.