Evie Kemp​

What made you want to get involved with the Sealy Designer Bedroom project?
I think it’s a really amazing cause. So many people are affected by breast cancer and I’m a strong believer in the power of surroundings to help our health and well-being, especially at a time when you need to be healing and looking after yourself. 

This project is such a wonderful collaboration. I’ve followed the Sealy Designer Bed project from the beginning and I’ve always thought that it was the perfect pairing. Breast Cancer Foundation NZ does such incredible work and such a large part of suffering with and recovering from breast cancer is self-care and looking after yourself.  This campaign is a really great interpretation of that. 

Talk us through the concept for your room …
The leading idea of my room was ‘road to recovery’.  I was inspired by the art of kintsugi, a Japanese art form and philosophy based on the idea of repair to a broken object, particularly ceramics, which can then tell a story and make the object even more beautiful. The objects are repaired with gold, so instead of hiding the cracks, this art form highlights them. Through this process the cracks become more beautiful and the damage becomes part of the story. Kintsugi teaches that broken objects are not something to hide, but to display with pride, and I love how that resonates as a metaphor for breast cancer recovery. 

This room is an ode to seeing the beauty in our stories and the female strength that is so often seen in the fight against breast cancer. It’s a room of contrasts, dark and light, soft and hard, new and old - because this is life and despite everything we should admire it all.

It was really vital to me that this room had a softness about it and also a story. I always think that being in a room with a story makes you feel most at home because you’re surrounded by things that spark a thought. It’s a very feminine room and the thing about being a female is that we are both very strong, but also very gentle. The same thing comes through illness, in some ways it may weaken but ultimately you come out stronger. 

What’s your favourite element of the room?
My favourite element of the room has to be the Steiner Ceramics lotus lamps. They are made in Auckland by a husband and wife who greatly support Breast Cancer Foundation NZ for personal reasons and they were really passionate about creating these lamps especially for the room. The lamps echo the beautiful shapes of a woman’s body and are paired with lampshades that have been painted to show the cracks and the patterns of the kintsugi metaphor.