I tend to be drawn to muted hues in furniture, such as grey, blue, white, and greens. This gives me a chance to bring in lots of colors from all the art and books that line my walls. As much as I love prints in fabric, I tend to lean towards solids. Not much is different from today’s home tour with London-based freelance creative producer and multidisciplinary artist, Tiffanie Delune, who mixes in art and color from her travels any chance she gets. “I always buy one or two souvenirs for my home when I travel, so you can see baskets from Bali or Nigeria, a hat from Turkey, drawings from Brighton and a Grace Jones vinyl from NYC,” Tiffanie shares.
Starting with a neutral slate and adding in color from her collected art and her own work was Tiffanie’s goal when she moved into the modest, two-bedroom, partly furnished flat with her young son, Samory. “My work is influenced by my travels as much as 50s and 70s interiors vibes,” she begins. “I look at Picasso, Magritte, Matisse and Niki de Saint Phalle as much as I am into the contemporary art scene of Africa, Congo, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal and South Africa, in particular. I also have a deep love for fashion and Yves Saint Laurent or Jean Charles de Castelbajac’s colors are often in my mind. The mix of all of this is probably shown in my work, as I am trying to create beauty, stillness, contentment and happiness with my colors and shapes. In the current world of sadness, war and bad buzz, I find it comforting to be as optimistic and naive as a child.”
Originally from Paris, Tiffanie went on to study Art History in Canada when she was 18, then moved to Switzerland, and back to Paris, before moving to London. “I find beauty, comfort and peace in the unknown and I’ve always wanted to live in London because of its energy, creativity and uniqueness. I feel so free to be myself and however I want it to be here, which has always been the case, but London added new notes to my free-spirited mind,” Tiffanie shares. Embracing her new neighborhood of South London, from her sixth-floor apartment, she now can look out over the city and the spectacular view that came with the space. Surrounded by other artists in her building has led to feeling more creative as well. “First, I became very [good friends] with my neighbors, a couple of artists who paint, write poetry, sing, take photographs and so on. It’s very inspiring and engaging to be around them. They introduced me to other artists and cafes in the neighborhood, so it truly feels like a community. I also recently had a one-to-one class learning about sculpture, thanks to Airbnb experiences, which has inspired me to do more.”
Enjoy taking a peek at the map of Tiffanie’s travels by way of art and the found objects that surround her and her son. —Erin
Image above: A self portrait of Tiffanie, in her living room.
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