5 minutes with... Eley Kishimoto

Established from a partnership forged in the early 90s, London based design studio Eley Kishimoto strives to create work that is simply executed and clear in intention, exhibiting a creative flair that rejects passing trends.

Living by the maxim "Print the World" the studio has established its reputation through a wide range of outputs, ranging from seasonal fashion and interiors collections to collaborations within automotive, architectural and technological industries.

This month they launch their first wallpaper collection at Decorex.

Which three words best describe your design aesthetic?

Light-hearted, humorous, not just a pretty face.

Who or what inspires you?

Mark: Our lives together, the people around us, everyday life, especially at the moment Lawn Bowls.

Wakako: Food at the moment.

What is your most treasured object or piece of furniture in your own home?

Mark: The kitchen as a whole. This is where more than just cooking happens. It's the centre of the Universe away from the studio.

Wakako: I have a tendency to get attached to things easily, even to a Bic lighter with a polka dot pattern. But if our house had a fire I would like to rescue as many books as possible.

Where's your favourite place to be?

Mark: In an Onsen, with my family.

Wakako: Home.

What would you be if you weren't a designer?

Mark: There have been so many things that I would have liked to be along the path of my life. fishmonger, topiary artist, a pilgrim, a gypsy and professional lawn bowler are particular ones that stand out at the moment.

Wakako: No idea, but something like a researcher of food history of the world came to my mind.

What are you reading right now?

Mark: I'm currently reading High-Rise by J.G. Ballard

Wakako: Runaway by Alice Munro and The China Study by T. Colin Campbell.

Which words of wisdom do you try to live by?

Mark: Print the world, make the world a prettier place, trust everyone to know a thing or two, don't forget the see saw.

Wakako: It's all OK.


Eley Kishimoto will be exhibiting at Decorex at Syon Park, London from 21-24 September 2014.