Kaelea holds a special place in our hearts within the Formel A team, where she plays a vital role in overseeing all graphic elements essential to our operations. A native Texan, she spent 16 years in New York before making the move to Copenhagen. Currently, she resides with her husband in a delightful flat in Amager. Upon entering Kaelea's space, one is immediately captivated by its historical allure and distinctive character (Peter's family has inhabited the building off and on since 1928). Creativity goes beyond Kaelea, involving an ongoing collaboration with her husband Peter, an architect, as they work together to transform a charming and inviting living space. Their combined efforts have meticulously curated a home that radiates warmth and tranquility with a slight hint of quirky and sarcasm - and we’re here for it!
What does interior design mean to you?
It’s all about how we experience space. To be able to curate an environment that is not only a reflection of us as humans, but also as an essential and functional part of daily lives is fascinating!
Would you say you’ve been influenced by Scandinavian
design since moving to Denmark?
Absolutely! I come from a fashion background and with all due respect to my previous profession, I had a lot to learn aesthetic wise (less is more) and color wise (taking more direction from the colors of nature in some cases). Americans tend to be in a HUGE hurry, myself included, so to be a part of this design culture now, has taught me to slow down and make time to pay attention to the smaller details - most things are not so urgent! I have learned so much in the time I
have been here, it’s only elevated my design perspective and I am still learning.
What made you choose the Twin sofa?
It was a toss up between another, ahem, company and Formel A. I just thought well, I can play it a bit safe with a more traditional style or I can push my design boundaries a bit and go for something with a lot more personality! Truth be told, I had applied for the graphic position here, and figured I didn’t get it (it was all in Danish, and well, my language skills are pretty questionable at this point. LOL!) and I forgot about it, bought the sofa, then got the job a few days later!
It was meant to be!
Do you collect anything?
Glassware. I feel I need to have enough for an impromptu 10 person dinner party and
just in case I break anything! I take great pleasure in having 4-5 different glasses for
the 4-5 different drinks I am going to serve you throughout the evening.
What’s one thing you miss after leaving New York?
Without mentioning the obvious (my friends) I would say just waking up and walking out the
front door having no idea what kind of an adventure I will end up in. It’s a total cliche,
but the opportunities are ENDLESS, and the vivaciousness is contagious!
What’s one thing you love about Copenhagen?
The summertime. There’s nothing quite like Scandinavian summer, the sun doesn’t quite set, the harbor is alive with boats and swimmers and everyone has taken on a vacation personality!
If you could have dinner with a famous person living or dead who would you choice?
I will go with both dead and alive and at the same time. Dolly Parton and David Bowie.
Need I say more.
Name 3 things you couldn’t live without:
1. Mexican food.
2. George - the ceramic wonder dog who is now a part of the family and a long running joke.
3. My husband.
IN THAT ORDER.
What is the best advice you have ever been given?
I was told this at a pivotal point in my life, where I was on the verge of something (I didn’t know what), letting go of some other things (that I didn’t need) and not quite sure how I could end up where I really wanted to be: What’s for you, won’t pass you.
This has stuck with me, and is a constant reminder that sometimes life doesn’t always go the way we think it should, but there’s some relief in that!
And lastly what’s your go to karaoke song?
Get It Together by the Beastie Boys. The natural flow of rap compliments my voice
much better than a Celine Dion cover.