THE POWER OF POSITIVITY | INTERVIEW WITH LOIS O’HARA
Every now and then you meet a kindred spirit that champions exactly the same things that you do. Positivity is the centre of the W.A.Green ethos and anyone else spreading joy is guaranteed entrance to the W.A.Green club. Earlier this year, we were introduced to multi-disciplinary designer Lois O’Hara and we knew it was a match made in heaven, so much so that we will be collaborating with Lois for 2018’s edition of London Design Festival along with design brand pulpo.
Lois is on a mission to bring colour and wavy vibes to public spaces in the UK and you may have seen her via recents projects such as the ‘Colourful Crossing’ on Brighton beach and the UK’s first Basketball Art Court which has seen the renovation of a dilapidated basketball court into a community space with a kick.
Initially inspired her love of surfing growing up, Lois draws references in her work from the natural movement of the sea, the fluidity in nature and the visualisation of sound.. The motion reflected in waves plays a significant part in the visual identity of O’Hara’s work and this has become her signature style - along with a huge splash of colour! We caught up with Lois ahead of her W.A.Green takeover to chat all things visual and how this translates to her own interior style.
Can you tell us the inspiration behind your designs?
Pulpo approached me alongside W. A Green as they were looking for an Artist whose work was very colourful and eye catching. W.A Green’s idea of “dopamine for the home” is similar to what I like to try and express in my own creative practice so this is where the inspiration started. I will be designing a unique window display and will be painting the exterior plant pots as a way of forming a wave of colour from the bottom of the street into the shop. Pulpo’s new product collection inspired the colour palette for this project and will consist of baby pink, burnt orange, teal and black and white etc.
You’ve designed the UK’s first art basketball court - how did this come about
The basketball "art court" project came about when I contacted Project Backboard. org, asking to paint a court. Daniel Peterson (founder) informed me that a project like this (painted court) has not yet taken place in the UK. When I heard this news, I got itchy feet and decided to try and make it happen. I have just completed the court, so do come and visit!
So sharing your work in public spaces is quite a big deal to you then?
Sharing my work in public spaces is an important part of my career as I see my designs as powerful and influential. The more people that can see my work, the better. I want to bring joy to others. I really believe in karma.
What’s your own interior style?
My interior style is similar to what I portray in my design projects. I don’t like things looking too sickly, but I love bright popping colours and interesting colour palettes are everything.
Pick the colour that most floats your boat and tell us why!
I have always said that mint green is my favourite colour as its fresh and it makes me feel calm. I once had a tattoo that colour too but it went dark green eventually! Although I have to say my guilty pleasure is fluoro pink.; I love to screenprint with this.
If you could choose one product to gift from W.A.Green, what would you choose and who would it be for?
If I could choose something from W.A Green right now I would get the bright orange vase for my mum as it’s her favourite colour!
Join W.A.Green and Lois for a store takeover and window installation alongside game-changing design brand pulpo as part of London Design Festival. The brand will be launching their new collection ‘Serie Noire, the last chapter’ fresh from Maison & Objet in Paris, 15-23 September 2018.