If you’re a fan of the New Memphis movement, you’re likely already an admirer of Camille Walala. The work of this London-based artist has graced many realms, from mural art and interior design to art direction and textile prints. I’ve fallen in love with her colorful creations for Darkroom, but there’s much more to this designer than prints and patterns. Walala’s influences include the Memphis Movement, the Ndebele tribe and artist Victor Vasarely. There is indeed something Memphis-meets-tribal-meets Op Art about the work of Camille Walala. Read on for a glimpse into her world…
Walala’s designs can be found in a variety of realms. Below we see the result of her set design skills, showcased in the Optical Trickery shoot (in collaboration with photographer Jess Bonham):
These painted busts were created for the Paris department store Le Printemps:
Walala’s designs can also be seen in a variety of interiors, such as these hand-painted walls at London’s Fix Cafe:
This June 2012 popup bar in Sydney is Walala-fabulous, especially in the neon lighting:
There’s nothing like a commissioned wall by Camille Walala, as shown by this New York roof top:
That Darkroom collab I mentioned at the top of the post? Here’s a peek at a few of Walala’s prints…
Not to mention, Walala’s designs are pillow-perfect:
It’s easy to regurgitate the past. Which is why I love the complexity of Camille Walala’s work. She doesn’t just dip back into the Memphis Movement. She takes what she loves most about it and combines those elements with other influences, never failing to put her own stamp on each creation in the process. If you like what you see in today’s post, be sure to visit Walala’s website for more information and lots of vibrant images. Her Instagram account is pretty amazing as well…
I am beyond thrilled to see the memphis style making its comeback! Camille Walala is everything and I want all of these patterns in my home.
A big ditto!!! Thanks for your comment, Andy.