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In the second Design Series instalment, a collaboration between Decorex X The English Home, we catch up with Pooky Founder – Rohan Blacker. Pooky is known for its beautiful, decorative lighting ranges that combine bold colours with designs that last the test of time. Each episode in our editorial series will come with a sneak peek summary here on Decorex, shortly followed by the full interview published on The English Home website.
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Finish the sentence…
We posed these unfinished sentences to Rohan Blacker, Founder of Pooky, and this is how he responded…
If I were to compare myself to a piece of furniture, I think I’d be…a kitchen dresser laden with curios
My favourite season is… autumn because…I love the sense of cosiness reawakened after the previous two seasons
The artist/designer that I most admire is…Matthew Williamson
If I could relive any day of my life again it would be…my first day at university
I’m most at ease when I’m…dealing a hand of cards at a table full of my family members
Read the full Design Series interview with Rohan Blacker from Pooky on The English Home website >> here.
The Interview: A Sneak Peek
We were delighted to probe Rohan on how the Pooky brand came into fruition and what spurred him to concentrate his efforts on lighting. In fact, it was his previous experience in sofas that exposed him to the interior space and acted as a catalyst for what is now a thriving lighting business. Blacker doesn’t like to categorise Pooky’s style, as it combines different elements and draws inspiration from various eras.
“We love the richness of the late nineteenth century, but we’ll try and adapt it with an art-deco flavour, a Scandi simplicity or a contemporary jolt of colour. In short, we borrow old themes and we combine, and thereby produce something that is unique to Pooky,” he said. Above all, Blacker emphasises how Pooky “try and avoid kitsch” and other fads to ensure their products remain timeless and don’t contribute to a throw away culture.
Pooky have made it their business to keep a finger on the pulse of the industry and listen to their clients’ needs, which has led them to form several partnerships including one with Little Greene. “We were aware that interior designers quite often just needed lamps to fit in to their schemes more tightly and we wanted to be able to help that with a bespoke product.”
Recalling the most memorable Decorex they attended, Blacker divulged: “The first time was very special for us. We used a close family member to come up with a design, based around black and white furniture which we then sourced on eBay and painted. It wasn’t very big; it was probably very amateur but almost every person who walked past it smiled as they did so, and we were absolutely thrilled when Martin Hulbert kindly awarded us best newcomer in the show.”
Read the full Design Series interview with Rohan Blacker from Pooky, where he'll be sharing tips on how to light your home-work environment and why Pooky chose to collaborate with Matthew Williamson on their new collection - visit The English Home website >> here.
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