Power Duo

The Colorful World
of the Kapitza Sisters

To discover the best color combos, you need to play around. Or somehow jump into the creative minds of the Kapitza sisters. (Too much to ask?) Petra and Nicole Kapitza are the artist sisters behind their namesake, UK-based design studio. They work together in cutting-edge East London, combining color, mathematics, and patterns. Their art feels modern and timeless, clean and colorful, all at the same time—it's fun, fresh beauty. And yes, we totally use all of that language to describe our Clinique Pop color range. In fact, it’s why we collaborated with Kapitza on a collection of limited-edition beauties (no longer available) that embrace the joy of possibilities when it comes to color combinations. It’s a very happy way to look forward to Spring.  Here, Petra and Nicole dish about working together and living a color-filled life.

The Wink: Working with your sister must be a blessing and a curse at the same time, right? What are some of the pros and cons?
Nicole Kapitza: We’ve been creative and business partners for 10 years now. The pro is that we can be quite honest with each other. We know each other’s strengths and can work with them. The cons are probably the social part. As soon as you meet up, you speak about work.
Petra Kapitza: Agreed. Unfortunately, we don’t meet up as much as you normally would on the weekend, because even if you try to not talk about work, it’s inevitable. On the other hand, not seeing each other for a day or two gives us new stuff to tell each other and more inspirations to bring in.
NK: We are also quite honest with each other. I don’t know if you could be as honest with someone who isn’t your sibling. But we always respect each other’s work. Any criticism is always meant well, it’s never trying to hurt. I think that’s why we can work together—we both want to create the best possible work.

TW: So what’s the artistic process like, working together?
We’ve got two kinds of lines. One is geometrics, which starts on the computer. The other is organic. We start separately, then we give each other feedback.
PK: Yes, we bounce back and forth.

TW: What inspired the print on the exclusive Clinique bag?
Our inspiration was a print that can be seen in our book Geometric Two. We developed a bold circular pattern with colors from the Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer range.  The black and white print on the other side of the bag—that’s very Kapitza, to juxtapose the black with the bold colors.

TW: Why did you decide to do this particular pattern?
We love this pattern because it‘s two-dimensional and three-dimensional. You can look into the spheres or through the spheres from different angles. It’s simple and complex at the same time.

TW: Do you like to wear colorful makeup as well?.
I like the idea of wearing really bright lipstick with not much other makeup—just a bit of lash color, blush, or lip gloss.

TW: Are your homes as colorful as your art?
I’ve got colorful furniture: a red sofa, pink sideboards. A bit of color here and there is great.
PK: I don’t have any white at home, at all. That’s boring!

TW: Why are you so drawn to working with color?
Color brings joy to everyone, doesn’t it? It’s grey enough when you live in a city!

Photos courtesy of: Kapitza | As told to: Rachel Hayes

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