• 12.20.13

    A Very Vince Camuto Holiday With Sets by Despina Curtis

    Despina Curtis assembled a series of glistening backgrounds for Vince Camuto's holiday look book. She and her assistant tested different materials prior to the shoot, "the key to it going smoothly and to being confident that the set would work well in the pictures," Curtis said. "It's quite rare for images to exceed my expectations and I was very happy with the results. I'm proud of what everyone produced and my involvement in the project."

    The Camuto group afforded Curtis the freedom to be creative with her sets. "It was interesting to work with the women's and men's departments, and the shoot involved both on-figure sets and still-life sets," she explained, "so my brief was varied and the pace was exciting. On the final day, we shot the women's and men's in two adjoining studios. I bounced between the spaces making sure that each set looked great."

  • 8.12.13

    Despina Curtis Reimagines Moooi London

    Set designer Despina Curtis recently reimagined Moooi's London showroom with a selection of pieces that debuted at this year's Milan Furniture Fair.

    "I decided that a good way of approaching the [project] would be to divide the showroom into an installation space, which could be more playful and similar to an exhibition, and a second space where the styling was more 'lifestyle,' to illustrate how the products could be combined in a realistic interior," she explained.

    Curtis brought in cubes to create different planes for the furniture, looking to artist Rachel Whiteread's "EMBANKMENT" exhibit at the Tate Modern for inspiration.

    She also devised a so-called Moooi language for the installation – comically large exclamation points as wall hangings, gigantic brackets containing a grandfather clock, and lighting in huge quotes. "Moooi's designs always have a sense of humor behind them and I wanted to accentuate that with the use of these symbols," Curtis said.

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