A bit of an odd-ball from birth, it’s perhaps little wonder that I found my way into the design and collection of unusual things. I’ve always been drawn to stuff – and people – that are different, that stand out. Several years spent at drama school only exacerbated the situation, and then my little brother started a rumour about me constantly trying to steal the limelight… I mean, seriously.
In any case, a lifetime spent travelling the world (I was born in Chile and thanks to parents tickled by Wanderlust I lived in Colombia, Venezuela, Germany, Portugal and Thailand growing up) gave me a unique global outlook. A move to Cape Town as the Millennium dawned saw me embrace 10 years in publishing and gave me access to the world’s leading inspirational magazines, with time to page through them, all in the name of research.
At the helm of Real Simple magazine, it was one of my glorious duties to plan and conceptualise home shoots, in the process finding that the seed had been planted for what would become my next project, this little design and decor business in which I get to play to my heart’s content.
I started Quirky.Me in 2010 with the aim of making fun and beautiful decor items accessible to you – because I think everybody has their own little bit of off-beat personality, and I know we secretly (or quite blatantly) want it reflected in our homes.
I conceptualise a large part of the products we sell myself, and I put them into production here in South Africa with the help of incredibly talented local designers and craftspeople. I also take huge pleasure in sourcing quirky products that catch my eye from local creatives and artisans, as well as working with these talents to create products and ranges that are specific to my store.
A multi-tasker at heart, I also still regularly take on freelance projects, styling for shoots, merchandising, helping others with corporate and brand identity development, and conceptualising product catalogues. If you need help in any of these areas, please drop me a line firstname.lastname@example.org.