This High Point Market we’re excited to celebrate Selamat Designs‘ collaboration with Justina Blakeney, boho-chic product designer, blogger, and visionary of The Jungalow, and author of the New York Times best-selling book, The New Bohemians. We had the chance to catch up with Justina and chat travel inspirations, product design, and about her recent design ventures! READ more:
The New Bohemians
Design Campus: Tell us a little about your new book The New Bohemians and what inspired it?
Justina: My book The New Bohemians delves into the lives and homes of the “New Bohemians” —people that I describe as creative types who use their homes as playgrounds for creative experimentation. The book was inspired by my own home and the way that we live in it—and the book contains 20 home tours, DIY projects and a ‘plant-o-pedia’ in back that details how to care for all of the plants featured in the book.
Design Campus: Having over 1 million Pinterest followers and almost 200K Instagram followers, what advice would you give to a designer looking to have a presence on Social Media?
Justina: Post often, and think about what kind of images you find the most inspiring. Chances are if you like something a whole lot, other people will find that thing inspiring too. Try and add little nuggets of wisdom, ideas and information on each post as a takeaway for readers.
Design Campus: For those who don’t know, Justina is known for her playful prints! Justina, what makes your patterns and designs so unique, & what is your design process?
Justina: Most of my patterns and designs are painted by hand by me, many of them are inspired by nature and many of them were designed while on trains, planes and in cafes as I feel most inspired while traveling.
Design Campus: Tell us about your collaboration with Selamat Designs
Justina: I worked closely with Selamat to bring our collection to life. I designed these pieces for the urban nomad — someone who moves around a lot, not just from place to place, but also within the home. Each piece was designed to be multi-use, modular and with the hope that the pieces can grow with a person or a family. From modular storage pieces that can be reconfigured dozens of ways, to reinterpreted boho staples like a new take on a peacock chair — the pieces in the collection are meant to feel simultaneously classic and totally fresh.
Design Campus: What is something you wish you knew when you first started in the industry? What piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
Justina: I would tell myself to trust my gut. I would tell myself that “fake it ‘till you make it” is pretty much what everyone is doing, and that it’s OK!
Inspirations & Aspirations
Design Campus: Is travel important to your work and inspirations? If so, how and why?
Justina: Travel is vital for me. I find it endlessly inspiring to see how other people live, and what other people think of as beautiful. Also, I think that traveling takes me outside of my comfort zone so that all of the sudden, I am that much more observant, and that much more on my toes!
Design Campus: What is your favorite city?
Justina: Los Angeles!
Design Campus: What is at the top of your bucket list right now?
Justina: So many things! Still so many places I want to visit (Japan! Brazil! South Africa! Australia!) I’d like to go with my family and live abroad as well, I did that as a child and I want to do the same for my daughter.
Design Campus: What is your dream project?
Justina: Right now, I am kinda living my dream. But one thing I haven’t done that I think would be amazing is designing a boutique hotel.
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