Camille Walala: “Playfulness is as important for adults as it is for kids”

Written by: Sarah Dawood
Published on: 25 Jul 2017

French graphic artist Camille Walala is known for brightening up public spaces with her patterns. We visit her latest installation at London’s Now Gallery; an interactive, disorientating maze that encourages visitors to explore colour and pattern.

London-based artist Camille Walala is known for her bright, geometric designs, which can be seen scattered around public spaces in cities from Melbourne to Paris and New York.

Growing up in the South of France, she went on to study textile design at the University of Brighton, and has worked in East London since 2009. Her patterns can be seen adorning walls in Shoreditch, and zebra crossings in Brixton.

This month, she has opened interactive art installation Walala X Play at Greenwich’s Now Gallery; an immersive maze, which encourages visitors to explore, get lost and play with perspective through a series of mirrors, colours and patterns – just make sure you take off your shoes.

The piece will be followed by Villa Walala at this year’s London Design Festival; a castle made out of PVC and nylon, which aims to add some frivolity to the mundanity of every day working life, says Walala.

We explore the Walala X Play installation, and speak to the artist about the power of playfulness, her graphic style and her inspirations.

Walala X Play runs until 24 September 2017 at the Now Gallery, The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 0SQ. Entry is free. For more info, head here.

Video shot and edited by Janvier Wete and Rida Akhtar.