Midas Introduces Colour Specialist Kerstin Eser
As a creative consultant and visual storyteller, Kerstin Eser is often immersed in inspired colour palettes and the world of interior design. We caught up with Kerstin to find out more about what makes her tick and how the world of colour continues to inspire everyday settings.
How would you describe your personal style?
Hmm – although I strive for a minimal existence (failing abysmally), I’d say my style is uncomplicated yet fairly eclectic and probably quite undefinable. I think because I come from a décor styling background I have learnt to appreciate and absorb a number of styles into my own personal aesthetic. I don’t really buy into short term fashion trends, although I can appreciate them, I would rather surround myself with fewer possessions that have longevity in my world.
What colours do you personally choose to surround yourself with?
I personally stay away from information/colour overload. I find it distracting and almost unsettling. For my work I require a clean and mostly white space, this allows me to see colour more clearly and without prejudice. My surroundings become my blank canvas.
When considering colour for a project it is necessary to consider many elements that can influence the outcome of the colour choice; For example the surrounding environment and/or my clients’ own personal take.
As far as colour in my personal space goes, the colours I choose to surround me are mainly whites, blacks and greys, touches of natural woods, olive tree green plants and a very subtle splash of a colour or a metallic every so often.
What are your favourite combinations?
I do love whites – warm and clean combined with different textures and natural elements. I do, however, also like the coherent combination of muted/dirty pastels and subtle contemporary neutrals. For me, these colours create a gentle yet fresh sensibility.
What are some of your preferred product applications at the moment?
As an independent colour specialist and creative consultant, I am privileged to be able to work with a number of brands and exciting products. I personally prefer a matt flat paint finish. Besides visually appreciating the surface texture more than that of a paint with a sheen, it is definitely more forgiving with surface imperfections. In addition, I feel it gives more depth to colour and surface.
Most people think that matt paint is not as easy to clean as a paint with a sheen. However, nowadays this is not entirely true. There are a number of brands who have created some fantastic products that are both matt and they are as washable as a paint with a sheen.
What is the most recent purchase you’ve made for your home?
I’ve recently bought a beautiful Victorian Semi built-in 1897, so I am holding out on purchases until I get going with my renovations.
What design element, trend or furniture item can you not live without?
My Cape table by Gregor Jenkin… and also, my ‘Disintegration of the earth’ (artist unknown) and ‘Wood for the trees’ (Adrian Owen) artworks. I would definitely grab these two artworks if my house was on fire! These are possessions I hold dear as they all have personal meaning and I just love them. They will always belong in my space and bring me joy.
What have been some of the challenges you’ve faced on projects?
What I do find challenging is when I do not feel personally invested in a project. In other words, when I am only required to meet the brief, rather than following my heart or my own creative voice. This is generally when I have not seen a space or met the client in person. It happens but not often.
How would you describe the design industry in South Africa at present?
Exciting! There is a uniqueness and intelligence in the work that our designers, artists and creatives are turning out in South Africa. Finding our own personal identity is very important and can be seen in the incredible work artists and designers are producing.
We are definitely shaking up the global design and art world with our distinctive, meaningful and vibrant multicultural aesthetic and how it is interpreted into its own design voice.
Sadly, I think it is extremely difficult for designers and artists to make their mark locally as production costs remain too high and the general strains on our economy does not help the situation. The final product costs are more often than not only financially viable for the international market.
What trends do you think we should keep an eye on in upcoming seasons?
- The continuing pursuit of sustainable consumption/eco-consumption and conscious living is definitely a trend that continues to grow legs. This is translated into design trends in many ways, from the materials we use, to how much we consume. Bringing into play the re-working of already made ‘things’ rather than the disposal of them. This is becoming more and more important and a part of how we design and how we think about design. In essence, it has become a growing and evolving trend in its own right.
- The incorporation of AI (Artificial Intelligence) into our ‘living’ worlds.
- Pattern on pattern, layered and varied in both pattern and texture.
- Monochromatic and colour on colour continues to hold its place.
What exciting projects do you have planned within the next year?
I am currently working on a very exciting project with Paintsmiths. I am helping them compile the new colour palette range which we have called the ‘Story of Us’. We are looking to ‘home’ for inspiration. This is right up my alley; the celebration of what we have and who we are!
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