Katie Lockhart of Everday Needs Interview02/03/2012
Katie Lockhart launched Everyday Needs as an online sourcebook of her lifestyle philosophy. On the day that Everyday Needs opens it's first physical store in Auckland, New Zealand, we spoke to the acclaimed stylist about her work and the evolving concept of Everyday Needs.
Adam Bryce: Tell us a little about yourself and what you do? Its not just Everyday Needs which takes up your day...
Katie Lockhart: That's true I also run a Design Consultancy which focuses on Interior related projects. We work across both commercial and residential projects whilst contributing for a variety of international interior design magazines.
AB: How did you get into this line of work - it's not the sort of traditional vocation you learn about at school?
KL: I studied Design majoring in Textile Design, which led to a job as Karen Walker's assistant designer. I have always been obsessed with magazines, especially Vogue Italia and the bi annual supplement Casa Vogue that comes with it. It was the naivety that comes with youth that saw me moving to Milan and cold calling the creatives that I had admired from afar. Ten years later I still work with them.
AB: What is Everyday Needs - where does the idea/concept come from?
KL: Initially the idea was born from a need that my interior design work created. We were constantly sourcing artisanal products for our clients and the idea to extend this offering to others just felt really natural.
AB: And what are the goals of the concept?
KL: In the short term we really look forward to extending our own range 'Made by Everyday Needs' and to work with local New Zealand industries to create this product.
AB: You're launching your own products through Everyday Needs this year, tell us about this, why and what?
KL: Yes, we are lucky enough to work really closely with well known designers such as Martino Gamper, Edward Barber and Karen Walker. We will work collaboratively to develop a range of everyday products.
AB: To me Everyday Needs is a curation of goods for everyday, without giving away any secrets, how does this process take place?
KL: The process is organic and is totally story and craft driven. I am not sure that we have any secrets, rather a love of well crafted useful objects.
AB: Today see's the opening of your physical Studio - what made you decide to take the concept into a brick and mortar state?
KL: The opening of the showroom on Fridays seems like a natural transition for us. As we recognized through the Christmas Store last year, our customers enjoy the opportunity to see our goods in person, and we love meeting our customers.
Photographer - Megan Christiansen