Meet Cobi Ladner. Many of you may remember her as the Editor in Chief of House and Home magazine, where for 15 years she curated Canadian style. Now she’s back on the shelves in a different way- introducing cobistyle, her fantastic new line of furniture, drapery & accessories available at InVu. I had the pleasure of interviewing Cobi and Lisa Nicholl, CEO of InVu, to chat about colour, chopsticks, and why Cobi thinks she may be Asian.
CL: Yes, Canadians are ready for colour- and the Canadian magazines are starting to reflect it. Canada is multicultural- and many of these cultures celebrate colour in their food, dress and decor in their home countries, so that definitely influences things here as well. (Cobi tip- use a colour 5 times in a room for balanced impact).
LC: Speaking of culture, the line has a strong Asian influence (chopsticks, lanterns, prints). At events I often see you in Asian inspired tunics as well. Where did the Asian influence come from? A trip as a child?
CL: No- never been! How did this 6 foot tall red head become obsessed with the Asian aesthetic- I’d honestly like to know too! But I have always loved it. I think it’s something about the tradition, heritage and timelessness that I see in Asian design.
LC: What’s your favourite product Cobi?
CL: It’s so hard as I really do love them all! When I was at H&H I developed the product line and I worked very hard on every single product to ensure it was something I loved- this is even more true with this line. I love every piece, and I want to share the things I love with everyone else! But if I had to narrow it down, I love the lanterns. And the chopsticks. And the pillow behind you.
LN: This caliente print is my favourite. The fabric came from Spain.
LC: Talk to me about working with InVu. How did that partnership come about?
CL: While developing this concept, I decided the only way to ensure great product was to work with leaders in their respective fields- and Lisa Nicholl knows drapery. She also “gets me”, and understands what makes sense for cobistyle when she’s shopping around the world.
LC: The “gets me” part is important. It’s like what I do for my clients- interpreting, translating their style. Lisa and her InVu team are translating the cobistyle brand into great draperies and home goods.
LN: And it’s a collection we are very proud of.
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