DSO: We’re so thrilled to have Marloe Marloe as part of our Mode Living Edit. Can you tell us a bit more about how the brand came to fruition?
MM: Thank you, we’re so thrilled to be a part of Mode Living! Marloe Marloe began in 2013 as a creative exploration into self and was driven by a deep desire to fulfill a creative need that was not being met by my then role as a Stylist and Photography coordinator.
I began experimenting with clay in late 2012 at my local potter’s association and fell madly in love with the medium. After my first ceramics course, I enrolled in a second and began to focus on building out a body of work. I set up a small studio in my garage and took my first collection to markets. The custom requests quickly followed and my ceramic practice focused solely within the commercial restaurant and hospitality space. After 6 years of building strong relationships with clients such as The Calile Hotel, Halcyon House, Hellenika & The Star I found myself looking for joy and play within my practice again.
About 2 years ago I turned back to decorative object exploration and designed a small 8 piece collection and launched our online store. My husband James joined the business and together we now head up Marloe Marloe. In the last 18 months, our business model has evolved to support the birth of our son and the growth we have seen in our global fashion lifestyle retail network.
DSO: What do you think is the most important thing to keep in mind when curating a home or space?
MM: Staying true to your individual style is really important. You want to feel at home in your space so curate a selection of pieces that mean something to you, add texture and interest with different materials and ensure you have the perfect vessel to pop that unexpected bunch of florals into. Personally, I love colour in a space ~ so this is top of mind when adding those extra final touches.
DSO: What’s your creative process when working on new pieces?
MM: I am constantly inspired by nature, and this principle remains a key pillar of the MARLOE MARLOE brand. I take time to be inspired, by noticing the way the rain settles on a leaf, the hues of a rock, the natural crossroads of colour that occur between sand, land and sea. Nature has this way of being breathtakingly beautiful despite its inconsistencies, each intricate detail plays a role in creating the beauty of the bigger picture that we see. Being among our mother nature is often the first and main step in beginning the creative process.
From here, I distill my vision through moodboards and colour play. Choosing shapes that inspire & colour contrasts that will work for the season ahead.
DSO: Tell us a bit more about what sustainability means to you and how do you incorporate it into your brand?
MM: Sustainability is super important to us here at MM, if we are going to take from the earth's resources it’s important that we are considerate and transparent. It’s not easy to navigate, it takes a lot of time and research to ensure we are hitting our goals. It’s a work in progress for us and our internal team work extremely closely with our Production House in Indonesia to ensure standards are being met - we have set out of environmental commitment and this acts as the framework in each of our production and business decisions.
DSO: What is your favourite Marloe Marloe piece from the Mode Edit and how would you recommend to style it in your home?
MM: STEVIE is always a stand out for me, as it’s our cult classic piece that the brand is truly known for. I am however absolutely loving our new Incense Holder in the Dusty Beige glaze ~ this piece is such a gorgeous addition to the ritual of lighting incense & truly being present in your space. I love it styled with our other forms, a pile of must-read coffee table books & paired with a morning coffee.