Collaboration in our industry is a key aspect of bringing visions to life.
Renowned designer Alexa Hampton and skilled photographer Celia Rogge have mastered the art of collaboration through their partnership and friendship. One example of their many shared projects is the Theodore Alexander Showroom at Highpoint Market. We asked Hampton and Rogge to outline their collaboration process and how they created this beautiful room.
How did you begin working together?
Hampton: We were old friends by the time I first attended a show of her work at the Gallery Mourlot in New York City. I first became a client because I bought Celia’s fine art photography for myself. And then, it was only natural, as I started envisioning using more photography, that I would go to her.
What was the inspiration for this Theodore Alexander Highpoint room?
Hampton: Well…one of the interests that Celia and I share is a love of architecture. In Highpoint in particular, where there is a lack of architecture, working with Celia allowed me to bring in architecture through her photographs to add dimension, depth and beauty.
What does collaboration mean to you both?
Collaboration to us means appreciating each other’s expertise.
Rogge: I will meet with Alexa, and she will show me the rooms she is working on. I will pull out my most recent photos as we both brainstorm about what pictures would work best in her spaces. She allows me to be the photographer that I am, and I allow her to be the decorator that she is.
Hampton: We work well together because there is such depth to her photographs, and as someone always adding layers to my rooms, her work adds depth and history.
What is the description of the Highpoint space?
Red Room: Jeweled tone grass cloth walls with rich colored upholstery and a straw rug all in service of the eclectic collection of furniture, designed by me, and manufactured by Theodore Alexander. These elements are pulled into harmony by the architectural photography that speaks so faithfully to the spirit of the interiors.