Anatomy Of A Design: A Closer Look At Lamps From Kimille Taylor

Designer Kimille Taylor joins us to discuss her recent collection of sculptural yet functional lamps.

Kimille Taylor; Photo by Marsha Lebedev Bernstein.

Raymond Paul Schneider: When did you first start to develop this new collection?
Kimille Taylor: The continued demand for the 1st collection gave me an indication that it was time to put the next one out there. A year and a half ago, I started putting pencil to paper, organizing my inspirations, ideas, and editing the shapes.

Raymond: What was the overall time-line from conception to achieving the final design?
Kimille: Once I finalized the shapes, it was about eight months to a final product. My old cabinetmaker had retired, so I had to find a new one at that time. Thankfully I found a fantastic person, and he fabricates and finishes each lamp by hand in his studio in Brooklyn. A true craftsman. He’s open and excited about trying new things and always manages to execute my sometimes complicated vision beautifully.

Carlo lamp. Photo by John Von Pamer.

Raymond: What was your initial inspiration, and where did the idea come from?
Kimille: The story of the first collection is charming. I was in the yoga studio one day, and these shapes popped into my head. I rushed home, sketched them out, and that was my first collection! I named each lamp after the designer whose work each shape reminded me of.

Since then, I’ve taken inspiration from the sculptures of artists like Barbara Hepworth and buildings by architect Carlo Scarpa. The Double Alexandre takes inspiration from The Alexandre lamp from my 1st collection!

Double Alexandre lamp. Photo by John Von Pamer.

Raymond: Please describe your overall creative and design process.
Kimille: It feels a bit like fashion – I start with a silhouette and go from there. I play with asymmetry, cutouts, curves, angles, grain patterns, color, materials, and of course, scale and proportion. From hand sketch, they go into AutoCAD, then 3-d modeling to MDF prototype, then to the final color and stain selection.

Raymond: Did you have a specific audience or theme that you had in mind?
Kimille: Anyone who needs a fabulous table lamp is my audience! Most of my clients are interior designers. It’s always a thrill when I get a call or an email from someone who wants to use them on a project!

There is no theme other than being chic and desirable.

The His and Her lamps feel perfect in pairs as bedside lamps to me – I like the idea of a mixed pair or two of the same! Nothing wrong with a single, of

Hers Lamp (r) & His Lamp (l). Photo by John Von Pamer.

Raymond: Describe your overall brand DNA and Ethos
Kimille: I want the lamps to be able to move within any interior space – traditional or modern – they really are chameleons. Think of them as the diamond earrings to finish the room.

In the 1st collection, I only offered natural cerused oak or an ebonized cerused oak. This collection is offered in natural and ebonized oak and ash that can be painted any color you wish making these pieces semi-custom!

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