We invite Marina Lopes of Elektra Estúdio to join us for a quick fire round of questions so we could get to know the creative behind the stunning tablescapes she designs to promote her collection of home objects.
Tell me about yourself! I'm Marina, I was born and raised in São Paulo, the biggest city in Brazil. I studied fashion and textiles at the University of São Paulo, and prior to launching Elektra Estúdio have worked, among other things, both in the textile and fashion industry.
How did you launch Elektra Studio?
The studio started a couple of years ago as an accessories and costume business focused on Carnaval (which is huge in Brazil, as you can imagine), however I was looking for ways to expand, as Carnaval only happens once a year. Initially my plan was to offer a wider variety of accessories and costumes for artists and festival goers, but then COVID-19 came and I needed to adapt my plans, as neither festivals, plays, concerts, or Carnaval would be happening in the near future. I have always been passionate about all things related to home decor: from fabrics, mixing old and new, playing with colour etc. During lockdown we all turned to our homes and I saw an opportunity for combining my love of decor with my creative drive to expand my brand into a creative studio where I can translate the aesthetics I had in mind for the costumes and accessories into objects for the home.
Describe Elektra Studio in three words.
Fun, Quirky, Unexpected
What makes a good tablescape? Every tablescape tells a story about an event that's about to happen—either a celebration, a date or an act of self care, it's important to be cohesive and find harmony. If you want to go bold, why not go all the way? Same thing if you're looking for a sleek result, make sure every item tells the same story. Colours, textures, shapes, it's like alchemy.
Your favourite thrifted item? It's gotta be a pair of lacquered 90's lampshades that I originally sourced to offer in my shop but ultimately kept as it looked so good in my dining area.
Your most recent thrifted item? A set of vintage blue glazed ceramic napkin rings.
What are you still on the hunt for? I'm always looking for Bordallo Pinheiro pieces, mainly the cabbage plates, a dream!
Favorite place to source objects? Nowadays the internet has been the most resourceful place to look for things. Not only for the items that I end up buying, but also for browsing and saving everything neatly in never-ending wish lists.
Show us your favourite tablescape. I love this tablescape that I did recently in my flat's balcony. You can see on the left Edificio Italia, and on the right the Copan, the iconic building designed by Oscar Niemeyer in the background. I used a vintage embroidered linen tablecloth, my favourite garden chair and I just wanted to enjoy the sun while drinking a glass of rosé wine and reading a book. What more can one ask for?