No one experiences the Interior Design Show in the same way. From new products and furniture to acclaimed designers and the latest industry-shaping trends, there are almost endless sources of inspiration from which to draw. And no one draws it quite like Mark Challen.
Diaries of a ‘mad sketch artist’
An arts and culture historian, media entrepreneur, podcast host and self-described ‘mad sketch artist’, Mark has a long history with the Interior Design Show. He was a keynote speaker on the main stage from the show’s inception in 1998, and published the annual IDS guide. In the fall of 2015, Mark launched his own media company, Stylecooler, a digital, illustrated library of the world’s most stylish and design-savvy people, places and things. The Stylecooler Podcast is now available on iTunes, and the website will be launching online this spring.
An iconic collaboration
Mark returned to IDS this year through a special partnership with Caesarstone Canada, and was thrilled to work alongside another of Caesarstone’s special guests at IDS 2017, celebrated Spanish artist and designer Jaime Hayon, whose own playfully surreal illustrations form the basis of Caesarstone’s latest collaboration.
Inspired by fauna and folklore, Stone Age Folk merges the natural and mythical, showcasing Caesarstone as an essential element in Hayon’s whimsical universe. Blending fantasy with functionality, playfulness with craft, and interactivity with cultural references, Hayon created a captivating installation that delighted viewers and captured joy in stone. His signature smiling characters appeared throughout the space, featuring over 48 different Caesarstone colours. Employing traditional techniques of stone marquetry, the installation elevated Caesarstone to a new level of artistry and exuberance.
Exploring the interior
From Thursday, January 19 to Sunday, January 22, Mark brought the show to life on his sketch pad, illustrating the show’s most compelling designers, trends and special features in his own distinct style. More of Mark’s playful drawings and observations can be seen on Caesarstone Canada’s social media channels, as well as Mark’s personal Instagram feed @markchallenlive.
Leveraging the whimsical tone of the installation, the Caesarstone collaboration space was complemented by artful performances of opera music from Pagliacci and balloon artists who created figures inspired by Hayon’s work. The commercial space shared additional inspiration and innovation, featuring the new Caesarstone colour collection and product information.
Milan, here we come
April showers bring fresh inspiration. Appearing at Milan Design Week this April, Jaime Hayon brings Stone Age Folk to the fashion capital of the world. Mark will also be there to capture all the action on the pages of his sketch pad and share his unique viewpoint with Caesarstone and his followers.
Follow Mark on Instagram @markchallenlive and listen to The Stylecooler Podcast on iTunes.