This week’s DMTV Milkshake guest is Lauren Ko, founder of the Instagram account @lokokitchen, who is changing the world and author of the best-selling cookbook Pieometry: Modern cake art and cake design for the eyes and the palate.
Lauren makes incredible – and incredible looking – cakes, a fact we first noticed over three years ago when we reposted her Instagram of a quince, apple, and cherry creation. (“By the way, this post helped my account go completely viral,” says Lauren here. “This is definitely an iconic moment on my Instagram journey.”) Since then, her account has grown in line with her cake. Design genius with current examples of pie ombre (with yellow plums, orange apricots and red nectarines), Op Art (with a geometric tile design inspired by @pophamdesign with pieces of butter, Nutella and chocolate cake dough) and “Starry, star nut by Vincent van Dough. “
Lauren, who was busy raising money and support for the AAPI community as well as Asian and Pasifika artists, took time to chat with Milkshake about the most common mistake among beginner cake makers and what she created when she accidentally came home six bags of mini cucumbers. “A little backstory – I recently completed a grocery delivery and wanted to buy a total of six mini cucumbers. Instead, I accidentally bought six bags of mini cucumbers, so I made all the cucumber things, ”she says. “I recently made the smoked salmon cake out of my book, which has everything but the bagel crust and this really delicious, creamy smoked salmon filling. In the book, I combine it with heirloom tomatoes, but of course you can guess that in this case I went with cucumbers. “
Most importantly, Lauren shares who is at the top of her list of potential future employees, and we think it’s pretty awesome: Nicole Byer from Nailed It (a must have for any design lover who loves a little anarchy too). Honestly, we’re surprised that Lauren and her cakes haven’t been on the show yet – surely someone reading this can make this happen?
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, the Wall Street Journal, and other outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.
Milkshake, the first regular series from DMTV (Design Milk TV), shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry professionals to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. During their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, life and passions.