You’ve got to admit you are slightly intrigued by the Heather Lins Home 3-D Eye Chart pillow. Or maybe you are thinking, is that really the form of human anatomy sewn on to a pillow in the Science Project Collection? Yes it is. Now meet the mastermind behind these highly creative and rather quirky Heather Lins Home pieces, Heather Lins. Enjoy!
Tell us a bit about your background. How did you get started in the design industry and how you got to where you are today.
When I was a kid, I wanted to be an interior designer. In college, I got interested in graphic design because I had always enjoyed art and writing and it seemed like an area where I could blend the two. However, I kept having ideas for designs that were outside the traditional client/designer relationship. (3-D Eye Chart Pillow anyone?) In 2008, I entered a competition for up and coming designers held by the New York International Gift Fair, the A+: Young Designers Platform. To my surprise, I won one of three exhibit spaces and debuted my home textile collection at the nation’s largest gift fair.
Did you have good or bad experiences at the doctor (i.e. what provoked the eye chart and anatomy pillows)?
No. My husband accuses me of being a hypochondriac so maybe I’m working out some issues.
How would you describe your design style?
A writer once called my work “very literate.” I like that. I often start brainstorming by free associating words and then sketching. I strive to make my designs modern, accessible, witty and beautiful.
Love your sketches for your Numbered Edition (among your many other drawings!). Where do you do most of your doodling?
Just about anywhere and everywhere.
We have to talk about the Science Project Collection. Brings me back to elementary school when I was almost a finalist with my science fair project (think cotton swabs of dog saliva and testing antibacterial creams…aka thanks for doing my project, Dad!). What inspired you to dive into such a theme?
I have always found science diagrams very interesting and beautiful. I find I am more able to see their beauty if I take them out of their usual context (science class) and put them someplace unexpected — like on pillows! I love designs that are beautiful and quirky.
I saw your pillows on the cover of the most recent ReadyMade Magazine. How exciting! Do you have an image of the cover to share?
If you could see your pieces in the home of any one person who might it be and which product would you choose for their space?
David Byrne. Anatomy Pillow from my Science Project collection.
Movies you can watch over and over:
The Sound of Music, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, (and, guilty pleasure, Somewhere in Time)
What design pieces do you covet the most?
A vintage Vespa.
Favorite interests outside the design world?
Cooking, reading, spending time with my husband, Mike, and 7 month-old twins, Avery and Marta.
Any design pet peeves?
Stick marks instead of curly quotes.
Any favorite design ideas?
I have some ideas for glow in the dark pillows. We’ll see.
Finally, what is next for Heather Lins Home?
I’m working on a book proposal for a craft book. I’m experimenting with stationery and have designed a calendar printed on sustainably harvested wood veneer. Also, in order to reach a larger audience, I’d like to partner with a large, design-savvy manufacturer/retailer to create eco-friendly home accessories.
Check out the full Heather Lins Home line on Design Public.