This week’s DMTV Milkshake guests are Jordan Cluroe and Russell Whitehead, chatting with us from their live work space in south east London – the co-founders and creative partners behind it 2LG Studio.
The duo’s aesthetic – colorful, happy, inviting, open – can now be fully seen in their new book Making Living Lovely: Free Your Home With Creative Design (Thames & Hudson). If you’re looking for a home design bible that offers wise advice on “recognizing your inner nemesis” (no judgment, but you could be an “inspiration hoarder”), “living together uncompromisingly,” or determining if your inner style is more Memphis being minimalist, this is the book for you. (And if you’d prefer your lessons in motion picture form, check out the Course Academy’s new online class on Interior Design.)
This is where Jordan and Russell share their thoughts on happy colors for happy kitchens, the artists whose works hang on their walls, and their ideas for a welcoming home. “Entrance halls are a really important part of our design concept when we’re designing a home for someone because the entrance hall is the first moment – that first impression,” says Russell. “We see it as an opportunity to go a little further and show how brave you can be with colors and patterns, because it’s a transitory space – you don’t spend a lot of time in it. It’s kind of a letter of intent as soon as you step into the house. Hopefully our own entrance to our house is a nice, inviting declaration of intent: This is a happy place. ”(Another idea: odor management.“ We often have candles burning and people always say, ‘Oh, your house smells great’ ”, says Jordan.)
In this milkshake too, Jordan and Russell talk about why it is important to them to open the doors of design to everyone. “The world of design – whether interior design or product design – can sometimes be viewed as aloof,” says Jordan. “And it’s always been important for us to break through those barriers and be people who like people, who like to interact with people – that’s interesting for us.” To connect with Jordan and Russell, take a look at her Throwing home and hearing a wee bit from her dog / guest star Buckley, tune in.
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other media 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 experts to randomly select interview questions from their favorite bowl or container. In their open discussions, you will not only get an insight into their personal housewares collections, but also valuable insights into their work, their lives and their passions.