We discovered Dani on Instagram and directly fell in love with her work & how she deals with colors & textures. In this interview, we learnt to discover more about her, her inspirations & way-of-life.
Cocktail Brut : You are both set designer and artistic director of @kastorandpollux agency. Can you tell us more about yourself? Where are you from? What is your school path? What do you like to do in your everyday life?
Dani : I’m a classic aquarius INFP living in downtown Toronto, Canada. I moved to the city almost 10 years ago to study fashion at Ryerson University. My plan was to move to Montreal when I graduated, but I made friends, fell in love with the city, and never left! It’s really important to me to maintain a healthy work-life balance so I always ALWAYS make time for self-care. For me, self-care is means stretching my body or my mind. My go-to moves are taking a pilates class during my lunch break or catching up on my favorite news podcast while I’m out on my evening run.
Cocktail Brut : How did you manage to get a foothold in the set design’s world? What does it look like to work in this field?
Dani : My best advice would be to start small. I began with doing table top sets for product photography. For me the biggest learning curve was scale and knowing how to create a design that was especially balanced, so starting with smaller scale sets and working my way up to multi-room installations really helped. This also helped me learn the
Cocktail Brut : What does your home look like? Is it also colorful and filled with design objects?
Dani : Many people assume my home will be bold and colorful like my work but actually it’s the opposite. I have a small curated selected of design objects, but overall I like to keep my personal space minimal and organized. My work flow can be very hectic, so it’s important to keep my physical space clutter free.
Cocktail Brut : Your work is very graphic and seems to come from another world, where do you get your inspirations?
Dani : Thank you! As I mentioned, I’m a classic INFP aquarius, which means I’m very visual but also a big daydreamer. A lot of my inspiration comes from things I see on the street and in my daily life. Sometimes I’ll be inspired by the packaging I see at the grocery store. Other times, I will be inspired a well-dressed person that passes me on the street.
Cocktail Brut : Although, cocktails are very present in your work, is there a reason?
Dani : I don’t want to take my work too seriously. Cocktails are fun, they’re colorful, and playful, and overall that’s what I want my work to be about.In my mind the art of mixing cocktails is about slowing down, experimenting with different ingredients, and spending time with friends. I’d love to reflect and encourage those sentiments in my work.
Cocktail Brut : What are the Instagram pages that inspire you?
Dani : @nicole_huisman for style inspiration, @healthy_ish for cooking inspiration , @florenttanet, @nikoleherriott, and @matagalanplantae for creative inspiration.
Cocktail Brut : Your 3 favorite movies?
Dani : I’m much more of a book person. My three favourite books that I’ve read in the last while are:
“In One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter” by Scaachi Koul
“Bad Feminist” by Roxane Gay
“Norwegian Wood” by Haruki Murakami
Cocktail Brut : Give us your 3 top fashion brands of all time!
Dani : My favourites change all the time, but right now I’m currently loving Cecilie Bahnsen (their SS20 dresses are a dream) Maryam Nassir Zadeh (their Agnes Boots in Lapis are at the top of my wish list) and Collina Strada (doing tie dye the right way). While I love looking at high fashion brands for inspiration, that type of clothing isn’t really applicable to my lifestyle.
Cocktail Brut : Can you choose what are your fave pieces from Cocktail Brut?
Thank you Dani <3