Sarah, for those who don’t know, please introduce yourself and what you do?
I feel like I’m in a casting and should show my hands into a camera now, back and front (laugh)
My priority is and always will be to go deeper into who I am. My first choice of expression is acting, always was, but designing the lamps and playing music is a part of that, dancing, painting, I’m not limiting myself. Expression is something much bigger than anything we can define in one word; it is why we are here.
What is the most rewarding aspect to being a creative in Berlin?
Being undefined. Feeling no immediate pressure. Experiment.
This however also harbours negative aspects. Personally I like to be surrounded by people that are not afraid to live out 100% of what they came here to experience and do. Living as healthily, both mentally and physically, as possible. And nature! I need a strong sense of nature around me.
You also design lamps, were you always interested in product design?
My father is an architect so I was always exposed to construction and design. Designing lamps came at a time when I first started putting a priority on expressing myself again, and this was the way. It was a great time as it was when I first got to know Studio 183 and later, in Los Angeles, I found an investor for my HEDI design and an interior store in which to sell them, Blackman Cruz.
Lamp “HEDI TRIBAL” concrete, silver edges, black finishing
It was also very intense in LA, building up what could have become a company. It drew me in completely but the investor and I split and ultimately, I realised that I am not going to push something I am not standing 100% behind anymore. I never understood feeling safe by defining and putting labels onto yourself, it’s not for me. I moved on and was acting in a movie. That became my focus.
jacket / BUFFET
What or who inspires you the most?
I feel inspired by people past and present who embody a state of mind that is important to me. Also meeting someone that comes from the same kind, which is rare but indescribable when it happens.
I appreciate silence.
coat / ASSEMBLED HALF
For the shoot, how did you decide on the items? Are they pieces you would regularly wear?
Yes, most of them I would, although with something underneath as it is winter. My decision was based on my own taste and in collaboration with the amazing stylist, Gabriela Pintado.
The team work! Sara Valentino as the main photographer, Gabriela Pintado as stylist, Kaya Birch as make-up and hair stylist, Nelly Björkholm as the behind the scenes photographer, Lala Quail as general managing assistance of Studio 183 and the boys from the basketball court, shout out to them. It was a great group of people coming together.
How would you describe your style?
It’s not a thing for me.
I express myself in many forms and clothes can be part of that.
What exciting plans do you have for 2017?
I don’t do plans. I have instinct. Following that, the more immediate is exciting to me.