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An Interview with Katja Behre

An interview with Katja Behre – the designer behind the innovative surface design and product brand Elli Popp

Elli Popp has been a design practice that I have had the fortunate opportunity to see grow over the last years. Elli Popp is undoubtedly one of the UkKs most interesting and innovative brands to emerge from the interior scene. Elli Popp’s work features a range of neo-romantic designs blended with the balancing use of colour, shape and theme. Often influenced by nature, Elli Popp offers a nostalgic relief through elegant yet contemporary motifs within an ever urbanising modern world.

One of Elli Popp’s continuing philosophies is to create designs and products specific to the client’s requests and needs. I caught up with Katja post-London Design Festival where she showed as part of the Design Nation collective.

‘Being part of LDF was great for press activity’ explains Katja. ‘We had two displays as part of Decorex and simultaneously showed two new works in Brixton.’

As part of LDF Elli Popp showcased the Cosmos Mural, a dramatic wall surface which engages with interior spaces almost as a portal to another world. Rich colours and textures combined with a theatrical ambience allows the onlooker to escape reality and be part of a more harmonious world.

‘Cosmos is a vintage, nostalgic, contemporary interpretation of Space. There is something to explore in different ways….enjoy the journey.’

The Cosmos Collection is available in two different ‘universe collections’: Les Voyages Fantastique which uses hues of soft blues, greys and imaginative rock landscapes and ‘De la terre a la lune’ (from the earth to the moon) which utilises dark ambient colours that provoke mystery and calm. In addition to wall coverings there is a unique collection of cushions.

Katja is currently working on the 2017 collection which she explains will follow in the footsteps of previous work, delving into her imagination and celebrating her ability to inspire onlookers who view her works.

Elli Popp is one of the Design-Nation designers who show work as a collective and offers an online portfolio for craft, design and product. ‘Design-Nation is a fantastic platform for creatives to meet and share spaces as well as knowledge and experience. Since being a member I have met amazing people and showed along them. It offers opportunities to everyone.’

More collections by Elli Popp may be found here

Written by Andrew Tanner
Brand Ambassador, Design Nation

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