Humans of ZGF: Camilla Watson, interior designer

Humans of ZGF: Camilla Watson, interior designer


Design for me really, is just synthesizing a lot of information and putting it into a space that evokes a feeling, or a certain mood. There are definitely challenges in the creative process. Sometimes you do just hit a wall. For me, a lot of my creativity comes at night. So during the day, using music and then using certain types of music I’ve found really helps get the inspiration flowing. We’re always looking for new and innovative solutions to design problems. So I like to look to look at art from a very specific time period or the local artists in that area; specifically street art. Because I think that ties back into my Chicago hometown upbringing. A lot of the purity but also the layering and grit in my design I think come from Chicago. I like to leave Post-it Notes around my desk as just a mark of inspiration. I originally just started leaving notes to myself for projects. And so I decided to just leave notes of inspiration mixed in with all of my daily tasks. They’re there for myself and for people who visit my desk. And sometimes it’s just good to catch a glimpse of a Post-it that says, ‘Get it Together.’ Ultimately, the success of a project is based on how happy are the people who inhabit a space.

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