She is a hard-working talent, she’s a single mom and she runs her own succesfull interior design business with clients from all over the world - she is the definition of a modern power woman. We proudly introduce to you the lovely Jessica Vedel, who is humbly taking the world by storm.
After several years of living and working in London, Jessica Vedel has returned to Copenhagen with her son. We had chat with her about career, inspiration and how to balance work and personal life.
A little bit about yourself - what’s your story?
I have a background in fashion as a stylist and then ended up working with shop design and instore campaigns for a Bestseller brand. After a brief internship at Space Copenhagen I moved to London and started my company and have been working with interior design ever since.
What’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning?
I kiss my son goodmornig. I make us each a bowl of oats, a coffee for me, and turn on jazz on the radio.
What draws you to working creatively?
I don’t feel I have a choice as such. I constantly get creative ideas and it is what I do best. I love the creative process, bringing ideas or vision to live. I make custom furniture for my clients and I love when a new design becomes part of a clients house and used in their daily life. Although I work in the creative industry, my days are evenly divided between creative and admin tasks - at best. So it is not all creative fun, unfortunately.
How would you describe your aesthetics?
My roots are grounded in the Scanadivian look and feel and Danish design. My inspiration springs from the Scanavdian approach, colours and light, but I do feel I’ve added an international touch over the years living abroad.
What / Who inspires you the most?
I don’t necessarily have one person or one designer that inspire me more than others. Inspiration can come from anywhere and in any form. In general, I get inspired by strong women and talented, driven people. I love when other people have success. It inspires me to do more and become better.
What are the advantages and challenges about being self-employed?
The advantages are sometimes the same as the challenges. I decide my own hours, but at the same time I often work more, on odd hours and during the weekend.
How do you manage to balance work and personal life?
Well, I don’t always. I’m a single mom and I have my son every weekday, so it can sometimes be a struggle between having enough time in the day to get work done, and be present for my son in his day to day life. So, I compromise and right now it means slowing down, prioritize and adjust my objectives in my work life, until he gets a little older. In practise - I got a new phone recently and decided not to add my email account and I try not to be on my phone or on my computer, when he is awake. The upside is you get very efficient as a self-employed (single) mom.
Can you describe the proudest moment of your career?
I have various moments during my design career that I’m super proud of, but also moments I’m less proud of. I don’t have any kind of interior design or architecture degree. I didn’t have a great deal related work experience, hence started out with very little knowledge. But with a great deal of passion, focused work effort and climbing a steep learning curve, I made it happen. I can’t point out a place in time I felt prouder. Mostly, Im proud of making my dream come true – working with interior design alongside other talented, creative minds on amazing projects with great clients around the world.
What is the next thing you dream of buying for your home?
I still haven’t installed a lamp above my dining table and currently have my eye on Apparatus’s Cloude 19 which have been a favourite for years now. I also dream of a smaller work by Mie Olise and new bedlinen from Studio Feder.