A few years ago I’d just finished a renovation and was searching for a product that would solve the problem of a bare, overlooked window that I really didn’t want to cover with a curtain, that’s when I came across opaque window film. Although I thought that window film was a great product – easy to apply and remove and gives an instant update to a room – at the time, I found the designs just didn’t suit my style. There were florals and lace galore and only a very restricted selection of my preferred geometric designs.
So when The Window Film Company contacted me last week to invite me to the launch of their collaboration with designer Lindsey Lang, I jumped at the chance to meet her and to see the collection they had collaborated on.
Lindsey’s work is bold and geometric, and she’s worked on some fabulous collaborations with The Design Museum, The Barbican and John Lewis, and her work with The Window film Company didn’t disappoint.
Trained as a fine artist in textile design, Lindsey draws much of her inspiration from colour theories and geometric patterns found in nature to create beautifully balanced and timeless designs in her London studio.
This collection with The Window Film Company has been cleverly designed to work alongside some of Lindsey’s rug and tile designs, which makes choosing and matching items from the collections a whole lot easier.
A chat with Lindsey Lang
Never missing the opportunity to quiz a designer about their inspiration and advice, I took the opportunity to interview Lindsey about her business.
How did you come to be a designer?
I was quite creative from a young age but it wasn’t until I got to university when I really realised that I wanted to work in textiles. By that point, I had explored painting and photography quite a bit but I really enjoyed working with fabrics, textures, and different materials. So, I have a bachelor in Fine Arts for Textile Design (with an emphasis on print and weave). My portfolio was very bold and geometric, so naturally I landed a job in graphic design post-uni. After working my way up for many years in the graphic design industry, I realised I wanted to go back to my textile design roots and start my own business to bring my own ideas to fruition. I started the company in 2012 and I haven’t looked back!
How did you go about founding your design business?
My husband and I have been building and crafting our home for many years now. At the time when I started my business I really couldn’t find the products out there that I wanted to have in my home. I took to kitchenware and small homeware accessories in the beginning. Then, as the business has progressed I have been interested in focusing more on large scale projects that accommodate my wall and flooring collection.
Where do you draw your inspiration from?
The typical answer is everywhere and especially nature. I don’t look at my phone when I am on the bus and try to keep my eyes on all the things happening around me in this vibrant city. I do my best to stay inquisitive, read books, and stay in-tune with my industry. However, there are some core inspirations that I am always returning to… that would be many of the great American modernist, Bauhaus, constructivist, brutalist and abstract expressionist art movements.
What has been your favourite project you’ve worked on so far?
I like to keep things fresh. So, I would say that the ones I am working on now are usually my favourite… but, If I needed to choose from previous history I would say that my collaborations are always interesting. I have worked with The Design Museum, The Barbican, and Transport for London on some capsule collections. I also have an ongoing relationship with John Lewis – which is always a pleasure.
Do you have any tips or advice for anyone that wants to get into the industry?
I would say to pace yourself and don’t rush. The first 1-2 years running my company whilst managing to keep my day job. As my company grew and provided me the financial opportunity to leave my day job, then I took the plunge. Also, I think it is extremely important not to jump into a business straight out of university, unless you have previous business knowledge. Creative people typically don’t know much about ‘running a business’ and it can be a hard lesson to learn unless you have worked in the industry first.
Where is home and how would you describe your style?
Home is a 106 year old Dutch Barge, it is light, clean and modern with various eclectic objects and pops of colour. We love the idea of minimal spaces and thirst for the peace and serenity of that... However, we tend to collect interesting objects and antiques. I’d say that we live in a tidy/organised chaos that most creatives require to keep things interesting.
City or country?
Well, I am originally from Kansas in America and I really do miss that great big sky and epic sunsets… However I have happily lived in London for over a decade now. We live on our lovely Barge which we have fully restored to live aboard. I think living on the water (in the middle of London) provides me the feeling that I have the best of both worlds – where nature meets the city.
With huge thanks to The Window Film Company, Lindsey Lang and Hillgate PR.
This is a sponsored blog post on behalf of The Window Film Company.