Julie Hugau & Andrea Larsson came together to create a collection of stunning mirrors and home accessories under the brand name Reflections by Hugau / Larsson. Each design is handcrafted, and is created with delicate and fragile materials, showcasing the design duo’s unique creative flair. Julie and Andrea chat to The LuxPad about how they make their design relationship work and they discuss their biggest inspirations…
What were you both doing before you came together to create your brand?
Julie: Before starting Reflections by Hugau/Larsson in 2013 I was an independent jewellery designer for 15 years. I also do interior decoration for private clients, I am a professional make-up artist and do commercials for advertising agencies and I make interior art installations such as butterfly domes.
Andrea: I have an interior company Andrea Larsson Interior, which I have had for several years now. Before I started Reflections with Julie I worked as an interior designer and decorator. I also did wallpaper design and production of interior accessories as wallpaper boxes and soft interior. I also did some interior books and tv-programs as an interior decorator. I actually still work with this, but Reflections by Hugau Larsson is just my main work now.
Growing up did you always know that you would work in the design industry?
Julie: Yes! I love to create and design and also the process of the production I have always found interesting. Since I was a teenager, interior decorating and design has actually been my biggest passion. This is why I ended up taking a degree at Copenhagen fashion and design school.
Andrea: I was brought up in a creative environment. My mom is an architect and I think her interest for interior and beautiful surroundings had an effect on me. I was also brought up doing a lot of creative projects with my sisters and mom, and my parents have big interests in art, design, interior and travel.
Who or what inspires you most?
Julie: Architecture and details in design. Travelling is a major inspiration to me. The different cultures you meet when travelling, gives perspective and I feel it broadens my creative span. And of course, through my jewellery work, the shapes and cuts of precious stones are very inspiring to me.
Andrea: A lot of things are inspiring to me. But especially art and graphics are one of my greatest inspirations. I have a big passion for wallpaper, both vintage and new. I think combinations of colours, shapes and patterns are very inspirational and the different styles wallpapers can provide within the interior.
How do you make your design relationship work and what are the biggest challenges of working together?
We both agree that our work relationship is amazing! When we started working together we actually didn’t know each other that well, and we think that this is one of our biggest advantages.
We have a very honest mutual working relationship and we have the same goals with the company.
We are very different in the way we work, and that makes it easy to divide the tasks in the company between us.
We know where we have our strong sides and we both feel that we can use these in our work. The best thing about our relationship is that we laugh and we both believe that even though we work a lot, this has to be fun as well.
Can you tells us what a typical working day looks like for you?
Chaotic, hectic and very different. Some days we can spend totally engaged in a creative process and on the next day we are at the warehouse unloading containers. So every day is very different but most of them are quite packed and we are involved in everything which is what we have based our company on.
Andrea has an office in the center of Copenhagen where she works with our graphic designer. Julie has her working space mainly at our showroom and stockroom. We talk everyday at least 10 times over the phone if we are not in the same office. Depending on how the week looks we plan when we are in the same office and when we are not. This way works for us and is the most efficient way. We can give each other room to work and we can plan our own day individually and we can work together when needed. This is an amazing and modern way to have a company, and we are developing this way as we go.
How would you describe your own home style and what is your favourite room in your home and why?
Julie: Aesthetic, clean lines and a good feeling of being at home. My favourite room is my kitchen. That’s the heart of the house and the center of the family. But I believe that every room has to have its own uniqueness whilst the home still being connected in style as a whole.
Andrea: I love colours, art and design. But it’s also important for me that my home is personal and that there is room for a family and friends. I also love that my house is changeable, that I can change the look and the style by mood and time.
My favorite room is my bedroom. It’s actually a place to be quit and alone but in a big way a place that my children hang out with us talking, watching tv, doing homework etc.
What is your most treasured possession?
Julie: I’m not attached to one thing especially, I actually want my interior to be easily exchanged. Because I have a general passion for interior and design I often get inspired by new things. That is why I constantly buy and sell things for my home. But if I have to point out one particular item it is my collection of Nägel candle holders.
Andrea: My husband, who is also a designer, made me a dining table for my birthday. It’s unique and a great treasure to me. Also some of the artworks we have, are important to me. For me my interior and my home is about feelings as much as aesthetics.
If you could see one of your designs in any interior space in the world where would it be and why?
Julie: Buckingham Palace and Sir Paul McCartney’s residence. It’s important to have big dreams!
Andrea: I can easily imagine a full wall of Reflection mirrors in Soho House in London or New York. I love this new way of designing hotels and the mix of interior style they have. Our mirrors are almost tailor made for hotels, and if they can be represented in this kind of hotel, I’m happy.
What advice would you give to upcoming product designers?
Julie: Believe in your dreams, don’t listen to what other people say and simply do it!
Andrea: Don’t be afraid of being on thin ice and don’t be lazy. Not the way to go.
What does 2016 hold for Reflections?
The mirrors will be developed in to new shapes and colors. We are working on a small and exclusive collection “Couture collection”, which is limited mirrors, with special and multiple colors in one mirror. We want to take this design to new levels. Mixing design and art are fun to us, and if we can succeed in that, we are happy.
We have a new collection “Crystal Version” which is crystal T-light holders. The collection of these will also be developed into new and surprising mix of colors. This material is also fun to work with and we want to develop it and challenge the material.
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