Architectonic Design

HMS Studio aims to develop the possibilities of the hand-drawn in creating work that is humanist and beautiful. 

Photo: Gabriel Bertogg

Photo: Gabriel Bertogg

Helen M. Strevens

An honours graduate from architectural school, Helen M. Strevens received her baptism by fire as a set designer on epic film trilogy Lord of The Rings. She subsequently worked on Lion, Witch and the Wardrobe and The Hobbit, her work on the latter film recognised with a nomination for the Art Directors Guild Award. That, alongside the opportunity to design director Peter Jackson’s private country house, were among early career highlights.

Helen established HMS Studio in 2011 to create an outlet for her drawing fluency and extensive design experience. Her design work draws from architectural themes and uses the principals of architectural design, a style she calls “architectonic”.

Helen’s hand-drawn design collections adorn fine-bone china plates, wallpaper and cushions. Honouring the masters of the past, her work retains a timelessness that is at once romantic and irreverent.

Her collections are variations on a theme ­­— calling to mind Fornasetti, who along with Jean Cocteau and Aldo Rossi, she cites as an influence. Designs can be scaled up or down, rearranged, deconstructed, and applied to products and interiors great and small.

 “Today, with life so driven by technology, it’s important for us to retain our connection to art and culture. Beauty belongs in our everyday lives”.

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