Interior designer Katie Lockhart on Vivian Suter and FKA Twigs

Katie Lockhart is one of New Zealand’s most renowned interior designers. For more than 12 years, Katie Lockhart Studio has garnered international acclaim for its founder’s Antipodean-meets-European sensibility, with Katie’s considered touch easily identified throughout some of our most well-known restaurants, retail spaces and homes. Here the tastemaker opens the door on some of her influences.

My personal style can be defined by: A mixture of practical and slightly eccentric vintage pieces.

The last thing I bought and loved was: A daybed for our living room by Shin Okuda of  Waka Waka.

Daybed by Shin Okuda

Next place I’d like to travel to: Sri Lanka.

An object I would never part with is: A quilt that my Mum made me when I was little that my daughter now has on her bed.

On my wish list is: For our studio space to be finished, its being built at the moment.

An unforgettable place I visited was: Bijoy Jain’s Copper House II, Chondi, Maharashtra, India.

Copper House II

The design (building, person, item) that inspires me is: I really love the work of Vivan Suter.

An indulgence I would never forgo is: Organic fruit and vegetables.

The last thing I added to my wardrobe was: My husband just gave me a BODE shirt for my birthday which I love.


If I had to limit my shopping to one neighbourhood in one city it would be: It would be in Tokyo!

In my fridge you’ll always find: Organic milk, chilled water, fruit and vegetables, Asahi.

My favourite room in my house is: My bathroom.

The beauty product I can’t live without is: Sans Activator 7 body oil.

Sans Activator 7

I recently discovered: How good meditation can be.

The people I rely on for my wellbeing are: My family and time in my garden.

My favourite website is: The New York Times.

The last meal I had out that truly impressed me was: The Engine Room. We love heading for a meal, it’s in our neighbourhood and the goats cheese souffle is amazing.

The one artist whose work I would collect is: Vivian Suter.

Vivian Suter

Music I’m listening to currently: Magdalene by FKA Twigs.

If I wasn’t doing what I am, I would be: A gardener.

I have a collection of: Heirloom seeds.


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