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Asia-based Creative Ellie Bradley

Atelier Lane
Asia-based Creative Ellie Bradley

Milray Park Gold designer Ellie Bradley is the owner and Creative Director of Atelier Lane. Ellie started off her career in advertising before eventually pursuing her passion for interior design and textiles, designing rugs and cushions before expanding her business to also transform homes in both Australia and Hong Kong. Ellie has a knack for sourcing, specifying and designing unique and beautiful decorative pieces.

We had a chat with Ellie about her journey to design, living in Hong Kong and what inspires her.

Where do you get inspiration from?

Everywhere. It can come from my travels, an artwork, and nature, honestly anywhere. I have had a lot of change in my life over the last 3-4 years so this has also influenced my designs but mainly it comes from what I love – classic design, structure, geometry and colour.

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How did you become an interior designer?
I have always had a love for interiors, which only grew when I bought my first home. After many years in advertising and branding, I decided to change directions and pursue my passion – Interior Design. I started with designing my own collection of textiles and cushions, which lead to rugs. It was when I launched my rug collection that clients started to ask about helping with designing their homes. It was a very organic process, which has now lead me to be launching my brand Atelier Lane Interior & Product design studio in Hong Kong.

How living between Sydney and Singapore and now Hong Kong has influenced your life/work?
Moving overseas came at a really great time for me. I had been feeling a little isolated living in Sydney. I was probably stuck in a design rut but moving to Singapore and now to Hong Kong has influenced me in many ways both in my life and in work. Likewise, you really have to put yourself out there to make new friends.

It’s like being at school all over again. You kind of need to be fearless.

Workwise, I have become more invigorated, more inspired. I had an 18-month hiatus from designing a collection for Atelier Lane but since moving to Hong Kong I have been designing, drawing patterns for textiles and rugs. I have even been designing a collection of furniture. I am so excited and can’t wait to launch, hopefully in 2018.

You just moved to Hong- Kong. What are your first impressions of the city?
I love this city. It’s so vibrant. I love the juxtaposition of Eastern and Western cultures. It’s very different to Singapore; there’s limited space, so its built up not out.

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Have you always been into fabric pattern/design?
I have always been creative, even as a child, I was always creating something. I got more interested in pattern when I was doing my final artwork for high school where I looks at pattern repetition within architecture and created an artwork for my final exam. I have always been drawn to geometric design, which is why it heavily features in my own designs.

What’s your favourite quote to live by?

“An interior is the natural projection of the soul” Coco Chanel (I also love her perfume)

What’s you best home decor tip?

Buy what you love. Don’t be bound by trends as they will come and go. If you buy what you love then it will last a lifetime

You also make your own rugs. What’s your design process?
Very much like everything else I design, it starts with an inspired moment. This could be through my travels, an artwork, and nature, really anything. A seed is planted and it gets mulled over in my mind until I am ready to put pen to paper. Everything I design starts on paper before it ends up being designed on my laptop. As for the process, honestly it’s very fluid. There is no set format to how I design a collection, but in the end it all seems to come together.

Image: Atelier Lane
Image: Atelier Lane
Image: Atelier Lane
Image: Atelier Lane

What’s on your furniture wish-list item?

I am currently designing my own collection of furniture. My must haves include a dining room table & chairs, bookshelves, side & coffee table, bedside tables and a bed.

What’s your next holiday destination?

I would love to explore Sri Lanka

What are your favourite Instagram accounts?

@milraypark – of course!

@kellywearstler

@christianelemieux

@cntraveler

@lonnymag

@plantsonpink – for a bit of fun!

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