Top Interior Designers: Exclusive Interview With Peti Lau ⇒ From opera singer to “AristoFreak” creator, Peti Lau is an interior designer from New York. She has worked with top interior designers such as Cullman & Kravis, Jeff Lincoln, Huniford Design Studio, and iCrave. From an early age, Peti Lau has love of what surrounds her. At the age of 18, she began piano and singing lessons, one of her desires was to become an opera singer, however the desire to act disappeared with the death of her father. However, the interior designer continues to make small performances on special occasions. She studied architecture, which she considers to have contributed a lot to the interior designer today.
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“AristoFreak it’s the old-world charms adapted for the modern days.” Discovering her passion took some time, so Peti Lau launched herself into the discovery of the world. Travelling around the world helped her to decide who she wants to be. Then, design found her and it was love at first sight. She travelled to various places, created businesses such as a restaurant, a cocktail bar, and launched a clothing line for chefs in Bali, Hawaii and India, among many other experiences that helped to create a very particular style: AristoFreak.
Aristofreak is her signature style. At an age when cultures, times and environments blend, patterns and colours, AristoFreak tells a story. The brand was born from a funny story. In a conversation with her ex-husband, where she told him all the travels and immense projects, he pronounced – “Oh! That’s so AristoFreak “- and even without knowing what it meant, at the time, the name remained till this day.
Peti Lau says that one of her great inspirations continues to be travelling. Travelling opens up a world of cultures, people and colours, inspiration comes from all corners, running around the world helped her decide who she wants to be. “As a good designer you need to understand the styles, where the references come from, and then you have to learn the rules so that you can break them!”
Petit Lau has worked with major brands such as Cullman & Kravis, Jeff Lincoln, Huniford Design Studio, and iCrave. Working with these brands was a milestone in her career. She met many people in the area and developed relationships that helped her leave her hometown safely and settle in New York. Their styles also influenced her career. All the firms are different from each other, she explained. Cullman & Kravis is traditional but run by women, where the environment was fun and supportive, they worked with high-end individuals like Oprah Winfrey. She collaborated, also, with Huniford, very different from Cullman & Kravis, and with a more masculine touch: “Huniford is much more of a masculine kind of approach and the designers had more colours than they were very attracted to, which really helped me develop my signature colour.”
With the cooperation with ICRAVE, the colour was not the most important thing, they bet on unique and unusual design. The mix of all brands made Peti Lau create her own brand that attracts people from all over the world.
For the future, the design of a boutique hotel and the launch of a book are plans that Peti Lau does not want to miss out on. Among these plans, starting a family, sailing around the world and a Safari in Africa are on her bucket list. Petit Lau leaves an advice to all who are entering this world full of opportunities: “Be passionate, the industry of design is so big, not everyone can be a designer because it takes a lot of skills, you have to try everything. Every opportunity is a step to pursue your dream or figure out what you want, it’s a journey.”
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