Photowall meets the co-founder of Lemon and the creative director of Maison
Husband and wife Kevin and Kim Frankental are born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa. They run two separate design companies, both focused on creating innovative design products such as furniture, print and wallpaper. Kevin is the co-founder of Lemon and Kim is creative director at Maison.
Three years ago, Photowall started to collaborate with the creative multidisciplinary design studio Lemon. The first wallpaper collection, Frame of Mind was released in 2016 and contained 11 hand-painted wallpaper patterns. The Botany Banana and Watercolour Blue wallpapers quickly gained popularity and became two of the best-sellers. The trendy pattern of the banana leaves in Botany Banana has been featured in numerous of international interior design magazines and is still gaining popular worldwide.
Since the launch in 2016, Lemon’s delicate and stylish design have decorated walls all over the world. Their wallpaper selection has been expanding over the years, creating a wide range of stunning wallpapers with over 130 unique designs.
In November, our team was happy to finally meet the super friendly and lovely couple behind the two design studios and give them a behind-the-scenes tour of our factory and talk about the future. As Kim and Kevin both have an eye for design, we were excited to hear about their first-time visit to Stockholm and their thoughts on travelling.
8 quick questions to Kevin and Kim
1. Have you discovered any new Swedish designers or artists during your trip to Stockholm?
We were absolutely blown away by the work of the Swedish photographer Lars Tunbjork, exhibited at Fotografiska.
2. What places inspired you the most and why?
The Stockholm public library designed by Gunnar Asplund was a highlight and a treat. Timeless design at its best. We read somewhere the library designed has been described as “Swedish Grace”. The perfect description.
3. How do you prepare when traveling? Guidebooks, blogs?
Our go-to items are the Monocle travel guides. It has been carefully considered and if you pick your top items you won’t be disappointed. We also prefer to use as little public transport as possible and walk. If you have a bit of time, this is the only way to truly explore a city.
4. What are your favorite design fairs, exhibitions to visit?
Salone del Mobile in Milano is always excellent however of late we prefer to look at the more niche fairs. The Beirut Design Fair looks amazing, it is definitely on the list!
5. What do you think constitutes a good design?
In our space, good design needs to create an emotive response from the user.
6. What do you like most about Stockholm?
It is busy first world city, but it has a sense of calm to it. Design is prioritized and appreciated.
7. What's your dream travel destination? And why?
We haven't been to Japan. Thousands of years have influenced the architecture and design aesthetic. There is so much culture fused into it.
8. What is in the future for Lemon and Maison?
We want to continue to expand into new territories and bring out work that is enjoyed for many years to come.