DMTV Milkshake: Anna Rindos on Finding Joy in Color
Anna comes to us from her apartment – check out the ultra-colorful pieces behind her and leave her a comment with feedback on her latest piece, a vessel from which she pulls this week’s questions. (Confidential to Anna: We love it.)
The one-time business student switched to industrial design, settling in for a few years of instruction at Pratt in New York City. “I went to school for business, and I just found that I wasn’t using one half of my brain that I really wanted to use,” she says. Collage provided one path forward. “When I felt like I couldn’t draw or make anything, [collage allowed me to] use found objects and found artifacts and found materials to make something and bring them together.” Over time, she found her stride – and her visual identity. “It is a lot of trial and error, but it’s a lot of having fun, too,” she says. “I think ultimately, even with trial and error, it all builds and culminates to a vibe, a look, a feel – and you start realizing what’s possible, and you start getting involved with other people who are making things. And there’s so much inspiration in that, the community aspect.”
Also in this week’s Milkshake, we talk to Anna about her highly developed – and highly ’80s – color palette, which could rival an episode of old-school Miami Vice for its welcome embrace of electric blues and greens. “I love Lisa Frank,” she says. (Us too!) “I want to make sure that everything I work on really exudes a sense of joy when you look at it and bring it into your home,” she says. There’s a method to her color-centric approach: “I work on Photoshop, just playing around with various colors, making sure they work together. I’ll do a ton of iterations. Sometimes on Instagram, I’ll ask friends or family, like, which ones do you think? What do you think is the best color combo? Sometimes I can’t even make up my mind, to be totally honest.” Once she’s landed on the right colors, she’ll track down a matching spray paint or house paint, and take it from there. “We all need more ’80s in our lives,” she says. “Eighties vibes.”
To see how she does it – tune in!
Diana Ostrom, who has written for Wallpaper, Interior Design, ID, The Wall Street Journal, and other outlets, is also the author of Faraway Places, a newsletter about travel.
Milkshake, DMTV (Design Milk TV)’s first regular series, shakes up the traditional interview format by asking designers, creatives, educators and industry professionals to select interview questions at random from their favorite bowl or vessel. During their candid discussions, you’ll not only gain a peek into their personal homeware collections, but also valuable insights into their work, life and passions.