WORDS Lindi Brownell Meiring INTERVIEWED BY Amelia Brown
Cara Saven, whose beautiful wallcovering is featured on the cover of our Winter Issue (VISI 96), has added a number of striking new wallpapers to the Cara Saven Wall Design collection.
Here, we ask her a few questions about how she got into wallpaper design, where her designs come from and what she loves most about her job.
Riotous botanicals and florals seem to be your statements: What would you say makes Cara Saven Wall Design unique?
I would like to think it’s our broad offering that makes us unique, but it’s probably the fact that you can customise all of our designs to suit your own needs. We also create designs from scratch if that’s what the brief requires and our service and personal touch is key to what we do. (But yes, I am a little obsessed with botanicals and florals).
What is your background and how did you get into wall art?
My background is actually in retail buying. I worked for Woolworths for a number of years with a break in between as a management consultant in London. So I have always been drawn to work that combines both creativity and business. After having my first child, I knew I couldn’t go back to a nine-to-five job. I was a photographer in my spare time so I used that to start a business doing large-format print installations using my images. That then progressed into designing wall art and putting out ranges.
What do you love about what you do?
Everything. I love the fact that I have my own business (it was my dream since I can remember). I love the fact that what I do allows me to be creative while also being business-minded. I love the people I work with (I have an incredible team, plus incredible clients) and I love the flexibility I have created.
Cara Saven Wall Designs can be printed on standard or seamless wallpapers and can be customised in terms of colour and scale.