9 Best Set Designers
To Know Right Now
Studio Pepe
“Many times crazy situations happen on the set. One of the craziest things was when we had to rent a winch to set a very expensive table in leather on the top of a 5m high container while it was raining!”
Scheltens + Abbenes
“After building the set we start a sort of chess game. I move an object and as a response Maurice moves another object. It’s a process of back-and-forth. At the end, when we’re both sure the image can’t get any better, we finally take the picture.”
Gemma Tickle
Sonia Rentsch
“If you take a moment to look at the world, the design of objects or the things that happen in nature – the form of a flower, the texture of a field of grass, the curve of a vase – you start realizing that everything in it’s own way has beauty in it. I enjoy manipulating and focusing in on those details. Simplicity is the best kind of complexity. Colour, form and light have endless possibilites within them – you make small alterations and a whole universe appears.”

“I am a massive fan of popular culture, tacky and trashy objects and garish plastic things. These are all really colourful and it just happens. It can be a very good tool to evoke certain feelings of association or nostalgia, which is something that happens naturally.”
Carl Kleiner
Sarah Parker
“I have always been interested in graphic design, so I guess part of the simple, neat nature of my work stems from this source of inspiration. I find simplicity quite satisfying, sometimes having just a few elements but getting them to work together perfectly can be more challenging than working with lots of pieces.”
Aliki Kirmitsi
“Everyday-life surroundings and items have an honest and raw quality to them; they are real and carry memories. People can relate to them on a more personal level, I love that. I find anything that’s normal and simple fascinating. I go through periods where eggs, and how many kinds there are out there, impress me and then I move on to things like pipes and ropes.”
Sarah Illenberger