At only 28 years of age, Luke Edward Hall has emerged as a mixed media creative wunderkind to watch. His Cocteau-like drawings and paintings have appeared in Burberry campaigns and on a line of ceramics of his own design. He’s curated an exhibition of young designers at Christie’s, and designed a line of beachwear with a hotel in Positano, Italy. He even has a collaboration with uber-WASP Palm Beach brand Stubbs & Wootton on jaunty, jewel tone velvet slippers emblazoned with columns and snakes.
So what’s the secret to Hall’s design eye? As Hall tells it, it’s not pure devotion to maximalism, as his work doesn’t revolve around any specific design movement. “I try to avoid thinking about trends because it’s not really part of my world,” he says. Still, Hall acknowledges that his is an especially appealing vision now that the pendulum has begun to swing away from the stark design that has dominated that industry for the past few years. “The world can be quite grim at the moment, and I think this kind of maximalist aesthetic is quite magical.”
Hall was studying menswear design at Central Saint Martins—he says his work was among the most vibrant in the class—when he began to sell antiques on the side, and after graduating in 2012 he worked on his art while apprenticing for an architect. Though he didn’t pursue a career in fashion design, Hall’s path had already begun to come together. “It definitely felt natural to do menswear and then move into interiors and ceramics and things like that,” he says. “It’s all inspired by the same thing. It’s all very much about color.” His inspirations are as varied as the objects in his living room: music, interior designs and art of the past, curly-haired men of antiquity, and especially the art and architecture of Italy, where he often travels. Though the interiors world is fairly establishment-oriented, Hall’s managed to insert himself by approaching it from the perspective of an artist rather than a strict interior designer—part of a trend of young people like him who are comfortable gate-crashing and crossing over creative lines to enter the field.