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Luke Edward Hall does a myriad of creative things including interior design, product design, ceramics and illustrations. His collaborations include providing illustrations for guest guides and menus at Parker Palm Springs Hotel in California, as well as a global campaign for legendary English clothier Burberry. Read our interview with him below.
How did your career start?
I did menswear fashion at university, then I worked for a clothing label for a little while, and then I started working for an interior designer. I moved into interiors as I have always been interested in interiors and antiques. When I was at university I was also selling antiques through a website, and our first customer was I guy that I later worked for, who taught me loads about interiors. Then I set up on my own at the end of last year.
What was school like?
I loved school and actually had a really good time. I come from Basingstoke, which is a very small suburban town, but I had a great group of friends that are all really creative - I used to run a fanzine when I was 16; all my friends contributed to it writing stories and doing fashion shoots. I had a really good childhood.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
I’m hardly ever not working… but I cook a lot. My favourite food is Italian, but I’ve just been to Italy and eaten so much pasta I can’t think about it. I also like Turkish and Greek food. Cooking is probably one of the things that de-stresses me.
How would you describe your business style?
It’s just me, I work by myself. I’m just about to hire someone to work with me. I do different things every day, so one minute I could be placing orders for fabrics, or I could be at someone’s house helping them with paint colours, or I could be doing some illustration work, so it is always very varied.
What was the defining moment in your career?
The reason I left my job is that I got a big commission from a hotel in California to do lots of drawings for their menus and guides. That allowed me to quit my job because it became financially possible. And also getting a Burberry job earlier this year.
Are there any of your peers that you admire?
I have a lot of friends that are doing their own thing and I think that is really inspiring. My best friend from home runs his own business reading books and suggesting to companies to turn them into TV shows. My boyfriend is at a company doing creative direction, designing branding and books.
Who did you admire when you were growing up?
Over the last few years, especially in the interiors world, I have started looking to people in the past, people like Cecil Beaton - Twenties and Thirties London is one of my favourite eras. So also Rex Whistler and Oliver Messel - I admire people who did a variety of things, like Cecil Beaton was a photographer, but he also wrote and painted.
Were there times you thought you wouldn’t make it?
Of course there are times you wake up and think, “What am I doing? Are people going to buy the things I make? Or like the drawings I do?”
What do you think you’d be doing now if you hadn’t have gone into design and illustration?
I’ve always been creative, so I was always going to work on the art side. But if I wasn’t doing this it would be, probably, food. I don’t know exactly what, but sometimes I think I’d love to have a honey company, beehives or something. I think that would be really nice.
What is your career high, to date?
Probably Burberry. That was the biggest project I have done, and it was global.
Do you have any early memories that you can share with us that are relevant to the profession you are in now?
Probably the fanzine, as I was making it at fifteen or sixteen. My dad photocopied it for me at work and I sold it to a shop in London when I moved up here. But when I was much younger I was always making stuff and painting things.
What’s next for you?
I’ve got a couple of interior design jobs, one in De Beauvoir, one in Somerset. And then I am curating an exhibition at Christie’s at the end of September.