Camille Walala’s Vibrant Studio Where Happiness + Joy Are Created

If ever there was an artist that could instantaneously spread utter happiness and pure joy, it would be the London-based Camille Walala. Known for her use of geometric patterns and bold colors, the French artist partnered with Our Department to translate her aesthetic into a vibrant new studio that is 100% inspiring. The new space at Regent Studios is equal parts Memphis, Pop art, and post-modernism – instantly recognizable with Walala’s signature stamp. There is zero doubt that nothing but magic happens here.

closeup of colorful geometric cabinetry

Having landed in London over 25 years ago, Walala has worked out of many offices along with her creative + life partner, Julia Jomaa. The duo brought in another pair – Simon Sawyer and Gustave Andre, aka Our Department – to help transform their abstract ideas into a functional space where they can bring their imaginative visions to life. Together, they realized a bright and dynamic space that’s bound to spark endless creativity.

bright colorful office with geometric patterns and vibrant prints on wall

The studio is separated into two rooms: one where they can get messy with paint and model building, and the other for the “clean” work on computers. While fairly modest in size, the two spaces produce a plethora of work, including large-scale public project collaborations, and then smaller scale art, from paintings to sculptures to ceramics, that Walala creates herself.

bright colorful office with geometric patterns and prints on wall

closeup of colorful office with small grouping of colorful art and shelves of paint

At first, Walala was concerned about bringing in too much pattern and color, not wanting it to overtake the ongoing work rotating through the studio. “I enjoy the ambiance of the studio when I’m working. I want to inhabit the aesthetic fully, and push it in a new direction,” she said. “But I don’t want any Walala style at home, Julia and I just have artworks by other people we like.”

artist sitting sideways in bright yellow sweater at desk surrounded by art

Each project starts with a sketch or drawing to get the inspiration going.

overhead view of artists hands working on geometric artwork

interior view of modern office with bold geometric kitchen

In the kitchen, the door and drawer fronts are painted in four bright colors, all unified with black outlines, a feature often seen throughout Walala’s work.

interior view of modern office with bold geometric kitchen

closeup angled view of brightly colored kitchen cabinets

corner view of vibrant studio office with geometric artwork

view of vibrant studio office with geometric artwork

view of vibrant studio office with geometric artwork

To ensure an overall cohesive space, Walala and Jomaa made a model of the design in SketchUp. Durable materials are used in order make the spaces as functional as possible, while guaranteeing they would last and maintain the aesthetic as long as they plan to stay there.

view of vibrant studio office with geometric artwork

closeup of colorful cabinets with black and white stripes and teal green

Her vivid color palette is grounded with the use of black, and in particular, black and white stripes.

closeup of geometric memphis style sculpture

view of vibrant studio office with geometric artwork and mural

Most everything is custom designed and built by Our Department out of smaller components that made it easier to put together on site. When they chose to leave the studio, the furniture and structures can easily be disassembled and moved.

closeup of colorful geometric mural in vibrant studio office

two women working in colorful office with small pieces of vibrant art on walls

angled office view with colorful geometric walls and gold velvet sofa with white dog on floor in front

down view of white dog in blue sweater on black and white and gold dog bed

angled view of corner with memphis colorful shelf holding books and objects

One of the most iconic pieces from the Memphis era, the Bookcase by Ettore Sottsass from 1981, stands out yet blends in perfectly.

interior view of seating area with Memphis bookshelf with books and objects on it.

closeup of Memphis bookshelf with books and objects on it.

edge of Memphis bookshelf with colorful geometric print on wall behind it

Camille Walala in bright neon yellow sweater in front of geometric cabinets

Camille Walala

three women standing in front of colorful kitchen

Camille Walala and team

Photos by Taran Wilkhu.

Caroline Williamson is Editor-in-Chief of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.

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