Livia Henne grew up in a grey sand stone stone house with lovely art deco coloured windows on the sunny side of Lake Zurich in Switzerland. She moved to London in her early twenties to work and study. We met her at her house in London to talk about art, design and the stories behind one of her many collected objects.
How has art and design effected you as a person?
I grew up with a mom collecting art so its been from my birth on that there has always been crazy drawings and painting hanging in our rooms, so it has always been a part of my life.
You also have a lot of art pieces in your house…
Yes we do and we are actually very unsnobby about it. There are paintings that were maybe 3 pounds at the thrift store and others we have that are worth a number that includes a couple more zeros but they all have their adequate space. Each piece has a story attached to it and it’s not necessarily the materialistic value that’s important.
You have a house full of beautiful gadgets. Please tell us a story about one of them.
How about that little boy over there, Phil Plymouth a mannequin made in Paris. A few years back when I was running a concept store with my best friend Elise called Bacon Street Project. We were hosting music and general entertainment events and also collected and sold interesting art and gadgets from thrift stores and wherever we could find something on flee markets. That’s how I ran into him apparently. He came with a head though he looked extremely freaky and that’s why it got taken from him at a certain point. We kept him. For some time he used to have a trumpet sticking out instead of his head and now he’s wearing Felix’s hat, which he forgot here. So during our time that we used to run our concept store we at times got so attached to some of the things we originally planned to sell that we ended up keeping them. So when a potential buyer actually came along we would make up silly numbers just so the person wouldn’t buy the pieces. Needless to say we eventually had to close our concept store. Maybe for that reason. That’s why I own so many gadgets from that period today.
Where was that store at?
Bricklane, Bacon Street. The actual reason to close down was, that we ended up doing many more events than originally planned and the space was just not right for it.
Here is a very old Link to the Bacon Street Store/Art/Event Project.