Designer, photographer and passionate creator of beautiful things, Saskia was born and lives in the tiny Island of Jersey off of the coast of France. Daughter to an entrepreneur/interior designer (father) and artist/designer (mother), Saskia grew up surrounded by, and thoroughly immersed in, a vast and colourful array of creativity that encouraged her young mind to see possibilities and potential in everything. Her artistic and adventurous family lifestyle also taught a deep appreciation for design that is ingrained and inseparable from everyday life, and a natural understanding of the way that design affects us in every part of life, down to the smallest details. She attended art college in England, then subsequently gained 2 degrees in architecture from Cardiff University.
Although studying architecture was hugely technical, Saskia kept creativity at the forefront of life, and supported herself through that time by selling her artwork, exhibiting paintings in her mother's art gallery, in one-off exhibitions and also by undertaking art commissions.
For 20 years she has practiced architecture and design alongside photography, which has been a passion since the age of 11. She had her own photography dark room at home from the age of 12 to her mid 20's, learning the trade the traditional route.
These days, evenings and weekends sees her at the stables with her daughter, where they share their mutual passion for horses with friends and their Connemara/Selle Francais pony Black Gold, or Basil to his friends.
Caring for our earth, loving generously, living kindly and gently but also with spirit, passion and determination are all things at the centre of Saskia's life philosophy. Family is at the heart of everything in her life, and coming from a family of wondrously loving, generous, spirited, creative, supportive, slightly bonkers people has most certainly made Saskia who she is today.
Saskia regards HOME as a place to be, to be happy, to be fully yourself, to be peaceful, to be playful, to express yourself and also as an important sanctuary, a place to heal. It is one of her true passions. She has created homes for herself, and now also for her daughter, that have been admired for their chic creative style, homeliness and their sense of peace. Helping others find ways to increase happiness in their homes through design that is perfect for them is a satisfying part of her work, involving house design from architecture through to interiors and styling.
Saskia's recent creation of a lifestyle range of fabrics, wallpapers, cushions and accessories is a long held dream. She has collaborated with her talented mother, Kathy Rondel on many of the designs, and Kathy's art is the inspiration for some of the wonderful creations. Saskia draws her design inspiration from a huge well of inner creativity that she says flows endlessly to her. Many of the beautiful pieces found here are designed by layering her mother's artwork with her own drawings and designs, resulting in rich, exciting and original prints and panels.
To read more about Kathy, she has her own website: kathyrondel.co.uk