hl next level 2018: interior designer erica schalkwyk

Trevor Stuurman
Form Interior had one of our favourite stands at the 2017 Design Joburg expo and earned designer Erica Schalkwyk, who founded the company, a firm spot on our radar. Her brand’s aesthetic makes South African design the hero, putting iconic pieces front and centre in the projects she takes on. Look out for the reveal of her latest overhaul of a classic Mid-Century Modern spot in Johannesburg later this year.

how did you get started?

I studied interior design part-time while working as a graphic designer, then did three projects for free before quitting my day job.

did you always want to be doing what you’re doing now?

I always knew I wanted to be in a creative- and people-centric field. Design was always the plan, but the type of designer only came to life later.

what have been your defining career moments to date?

Design Joburg, my first magazine editorial and the day I felt like I wasn’t merely just treading water (that was three years in).

who are the creatives on your radar at the moment?

The Southern Guild  artists and the 99 Juta collab.

and any artists you look up to?

HK Studio and Tonic Design  for being the best in their field and very nice people on top of that.

where do you find your inspiration?

Magazine and more magazines.

what is your earliest visual memory?

My mom’s house – she created the most beautiful and comfortable home with very little, which taught me what real creativity is.

which single place would you recommend people visit, and why?

New Orleans is probably the most weird and wonderful place I’ve ever been. Every square metre is filled with art and culture and it is definitely the most fun I’ve ever had.

what are the most memorable – and the oddest – pieces of art you’ve ever seen?

William Kentridge’s ‘More Sweetly Play the Dance’ is the most beautiful memorable thing I’ve ever experienced. The oddest – while also still being memorable – would have to be Jeff Koons’ ‘Seated Ballerina’ at the Rockefeller Centre.

Learn all about the game changers who are taking things to the Next Level in our #HLNEXTLEVEL2018  issue.