Family is everything here to us here at Layer. Our team consists of two generations of women who share a love of design, vintage and each other (most of the time).
But we’re not the only families collaborating within the interiors world, here are some families you might have heard of:
The Hansen Family
From a family of Scandinavian carpenters, designers and architects father and daughter duo Hans and Gesa Hansen formed the Hansen family, creating handcrafted, ecological and high quality furniture. The family make their furniture for those who prefer the Scandinavian way of living “closer to nature, closer to yourself’.”
Gesa, who studied at Bauhaus-University, Weimar worked in Paris and Tokyo in design and art before taking over the art direction for her father’s brand and creating The Hansen Family label in 2009.
Charles and Ray Eames
Charles and Ray Eames are the definitive husband and wife power duo who uniquely shaped America in the 20th Century with their contributions to fine art, film, architecture and graphic and furniture design.
Married in 1941 only a year after meeting at Cranbrook Academy of Art, the Eameses shared a similar vision of functionality, simplicity and elegance within design all the while preparing for World War II. War was far from disastrous for the pair who experimented with lower cost homes, furniture and materials which expanded the way in which designers worked with industry and gave new meaning to the word resourceful.
The couple evolved boldly from one project to the next, making huge contributions in both photography and film within post war America. Their vast range of interests and curiosities shifted the couple from furniture design to helping government agencies house war heroes and shape a society. The couple died on the same date 10 years apart from one another and will eternally be remembered for their talent, dedication and collaborative minds.
Husband and wife team Robert and Courtney Novogratz have just about designed it all over twenty years – from renovating The Hotel Dylan in New York to building a treehouse from eucalyptus trees in Brazil. They’ve remodelled numerous homes on the same city block with their uniquely collective talents that has transformed communities. Their work combines an eclectic mix of modern and vintage pieces as well as materials from the natural landscape of wherever they happen to set up camp.
As well as designing interiors, they’re also the parents of seven children and when they’re not renovating homes, the couple can also be seen on Bravo TV’s 9 By Design with their seven children. For them, family is considered in everything they do and present. They’ve collaborated with huge brands like Walmart, Macy’s and Bed, Bath and Beyond to create bright and colourful home ware and fabrics inspired by their children.
The family are currently living in a castle in Hollywood (really) which of course, was completely renovated by Robert and Courtney in 8 short months with contributions from their every growing brood.
Founded by brothers Christian and Nick Candy in 1999, Candy & Candy is recognised globally for their luxurious interior designs. Though the two describe their designs as bespoke and cutting-edge, they pride themselves on not having a distinctive style as it enables a tailor-made service for each unique client.
What started as a house renovation project with money borrowed from their grandmother (which they sold for £50,000 profit) has now become a luxury property development company and they have an estimated net worth of $1.1 billion each. They collaborate with an exclusive list of British craftspeople, manufacturers as well as their in house designers, architects and product designers that form Candy & Candy.
When they’re not at work, they can probably be spotted on their yachts Candyscape I and II, their private jets or a powerboat called Catch Me If You Candy. The two currently live between Monaco, London and Beverly Hills with their partners.
Post by Cariad Fiddy, our wonderful contributing writer. You can view her LinkedIn profile here.
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