Dora Drimalas started Hybrid-Home as a hobby while living in Portland where she made small pillows for her apartment. Since then, she has incorporated her love of modern interiors with her graphic sensibility to create timeless accessories that warm up a room. A formally trained graphic designer who worked at Nike’s Brand Design Group in Portland, Oregon, Dora now lives and works in San Francisco — about one block from our office.
Why did you start Hybrid-Home?
Hybrid-Home was born out of a need for fun and stylish home accessories at reasonable prices. A friendly approach to modernism. More often than not, modernism feels so serious and heavy. I feel like interiors should still reflect the people who live in the house and not a furniture catalog. I remember exploring my grandparents’ homes when I was little and being amazed by all of the items they had collected over the years. These items created a wonderful visual story that just let my imagination run wild.
As a graphic designer, I understand that color is a very powerful element in communication. Pop culture is also infused into our every aspect of our everyday lives. I use color for emotion and graphics for communication. The combination is a small personal commentary on things going on around me.
Everyone I know is a collector of something – do you collect anything? Tell us of your treasures…Any favorite possessions?
My husband is the real collector. His obsession has spun off into a magazine and retail store called Super7. It’s a magazine dedicated to toy, art and design pop culture.
Our house looks a bit like a vintage toy museum (think Silver Spoons minus the train, the mansion and Ricky Shroeder) I’ve collected dishes and furniture. I’m ‘old lady’ to the core.
San Francisco is amazing. There are very few cities in the world where sidewalks suddenly turn into stairs, bike messengers are crazier than cab drivers, fog rolls in like a horror film, I can get gourmet vegetarian fare, my hairdresser looks like Elvira, skateboarders bomb hills on the way to work in the financial district, all the while looking so unassuming and picturesque. My neighbors are nanotechnology engineers and pro skateboarders. It makes for good conversation.
What’s next for Hybrid-Home? What should we expect in the future?
Mums the word for now. We have lots of things cooking right now. Stay tuned for more fun items designed to make a house a home.