In coversation with Rosa Park.
The founder of travel and style magazine Cereal and the latest muse in our Portrait series, we have long admired Rosa for her pared-back, minimal aesthetic, and Cereal's influence on interior trends over the last decade.
"I started my career in fashion and beauty PR in New York, before making my way across the pond to get a master’s in English Literature. After graduating, I held a couple of editorial positions before taking the leap into launching Cereal. Looking back, it was a bold move; I had limited editorial experience and zero entrepreneurial experience. I was driven by a simple goal: to create a travel and design title that would resonate with my peers."
Can you tell us about The Francis Gallery? Is it a big change from Cereal magazine or do you feel this move into the art world evolved naturally?
"Francis Gallery works with a dynamic group of contemporary artists who work primarily in abstraction, and the line that connects our artists and our gallery is championing an emotional connection to a work, alongside the cerebral. The gallery vouches for the setting being of equal importance as the artworks being shown; I cannot separate art from its environment when engaging with the pieces, and believe it must be in dialogue with one another.
As for when I shifted my focus from Cereal to Francis, it felt more natural at first, but the deeper I get into gallery work, the more I realise how different the two are. For one, I jumped from a two-dimensional world of print to a three-dimensional world of a physical gallery space with a full programme of exhibitions".
An understated, timeless aesthetic is at the core of Otiumberg, much like the elegant minimalism that you are renowned for. What (and who) has influenced your sense of style, and do you feel that you have found your signature style or that it is ever-evolving?
"I would have to say my mother again for this one. I tried many different styles before landing at my current sensibility; and it’s one that is aligned to my mother’s. Understated, androgynous at times, and most importantly, comfortable".