Maker Monday: An aspire Exclusive Interview With Rhianna Avery-Vadukul

A modeling agency founder and a longtime Hong Kong resident, Rhianna Avery-Vadukul has always been attracted to the visually striking. In her new brand, Avery-Vadukul blends glamour and comfort in the home, crafting luxury children’s furniture for fashion-minded families. Though the city of Hong Kong values luxury, it is, according to Avery-Vadukul, woefully devoid of original children’s retailers. Through the launch of her company Sand and Soul Home, Avery-Vadukul endeavors to satisfy this need by introducing a line of eclectic furniture and interior décor that satisfies both style and hominess. Introducing this week’s Maker Monday, Rhianna Avery-Vadukul.

Two cribs designed by Avery-Vadukul balance light and tone in this subtle, minimalistic nursery.

Two cribs designed by Avery-Vadukul balance light and tone in this subtle, minimalistic nursery.

Andrew Joseph: You’re the newest Crayola color. What color are you and why?
Rhianna Avery-Vadukul: Emerald green velvet. I don’t know why but even as a kid nothing said luxury to me quite like emerald green velvet.

Andrew: Describe your design style as if you were explaining it to someone who cannot see.
Rhianna: Casual and eclectic. Opposites attract. I love two conflicting ideas joining together. New with old, beach meets city, high and low. Not just in my interior design style, but also just in my life in general.

Andrew: What is something you hope to see trending in design in the future?
Rhianna: A better and more efficient way of recycling goods. Textiles, furniture etc. Futuristic thinking when it comes to waste management is the way forward.

Andrew: If you could live in any home in a movie or television series, what would it be?
Rhianna: I think Lisa Vanderpump from The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. Her house is just so girly I think it would be a fun magical place to be.

Andrew: If you weren’t a designer, you’d be a ….?
Rhianna: I’ve done so many jobs that were in a creative place. Maybe next time around I’d do something more hands-on. Farmer maybe?

A bassinet designed by Avery-Vadukul rests in a world of its own in this concept photo.

A bassinet designed by Avery-Vadukul rests in a world of its own in this concept photo.

Andrew: What’s the weirdest thing a client has ever asked you?
Rhianna: “Give me Mid Century but not Midcentury.”

Andrew: What are your ideal weekend plans?
Rhianna: Gardening in the morning, beach with my kids in the afternoon, Korean BBQ with my husband in the evening.

Andrew: Do you get your eight hours a night? – What is your schedule like?
Rhianna: I’m a night owl, I’m most creative at night. But that means I can’t spring out of bed early. So 8am is the best I can do. My kids go to school half the day and the rest of the day we hang out and play. I squeeze in work while they’re out or napping.

Andrew: Favorite piece of clothing you own?
Rhianna: Do shoes count? I have a slight Amina Muaddi obsession

Andrew: Best advice you’d give your teenage self?
Rhianna: Get out of this small town! You’re a city girl!

This playroom features an acrylic toy chest and nightstand designed by Avery-Vadukul.

This playroom features an acrylic toy chest and nightstand designed by Avery-Vadukul.

Andrew: Favorite tea to decompress, and in what mug?
Rhianna: My husband is British and I don’t drink tea… How did that happen?

Andrew: What’s your best excuse for skipping a zoom call to watch TV?
Rhianna: My kids. But I’m usually not lying. Kids’ emergencies spring up all the time. Someone fell, someone got sick, someone is pulling the cat’s tail… nonstop. It’s a wide range of things.

Andrew: What’s your go-to snack between zooms?
Rhianna: Chips. I Like sampling new flavors too. Hong Kong is good for that. So many different unique kinds.

Andrew: What do you find yourself daydreaming about most these days?
Rhianna: Seeing my family back home.

Andrew: What about your design style has shifted post-quarantine?
Rhianna: There’s just a heavy focus and making everything beautiful and comfortable since we’re spending so much time at home now.

About The Maker | Rhianna Avery-Vadukul is the owner and creative force behind Sand & Soul Home. With educational backgrounds in fashion design and interior design, combined with years of experience in the fashion industry working as both a model and an agent in New York, Singapore, Shanghai and Hong Kong, she brings a unique and refined sense of style to her brand. Sand & Soul offers a curated collection of bespoke home goods for the discerning luxury home. The birth of her daughter in 2018 was the impetus for Rhianna’s career change to interior design. After struggling to find fun and design conscious furnishings for a functional, modern nursery, she began to design and source them herself. After styling a second nursery for her son and completing her coursework at the Insight School of Interior Design in Hong Kong, her passion for designing spaces for children and families was realized. She finds joy in sharing her eye for design with other moms and homemakers and believes the family home can be comforting and functional without sacrificing luxury and taste. Sand & Soul Home helps clients create spaces that reflect their personal style and feel uniquely, authentically at home.

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