We had the good fortune of connecting with kim ficaro and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi kim, let’s start by talking about what inspires you?
I am inspired by community, working together, listening to one another and looking out for one another. I am inspired by creating space to be open to the world, others worlds, cultures, food, colors, the way people live. I am inspired by the idea of discovery, that there is an infinite well to discover within nature, within music, within art, within ideas, within ourselves. I am inspired by the creative process. I am inspired by no agenda I am inspired to create spaces that feel good to be in, to create objects and textiles that feel good to have in ones home, that are made by the hands of artists in places that I am inspired by and respect.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I work in the world of photos, as a set designer and interior prop stylist. I started 20 years ago as an assistant, being obsessed with interior european magazines, I sought out the stylists I wanted to work for and learn from. I found myself in a world I loved and kept going from there, eventually working for the original Domino Magazine as style editor, then out in the freelance world after. It can be very demanding on your body, this job, long hours, lots of lugging things around all over the world, demands of clients. The reward for me has been so much, I dig around flea markets, shops, corners of places I maybe would never see, always searching for the props, objects, textiles etc. I have learned so much about the world and myself through this work and what my creative process is, and how I can style all types of shoots, while continually bringing the thread of my style through all. Through my travels and collecting of pieces for so many years, I wanted to create my own home line, which I did 4 years ago. Totem Home. where I could express another side of the creative process while being able to produce slowly in places I respects and love. The current collection is being produced by artisans in Oaxaca, Mexico honoring the craft and tradition. We celebrate the imperfections, the beautiful subtle differences in tones, color, and texture which make these pieces sing, and most importantly the feeling of the artists hands in every piece.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
start on the west side get a coffee from great white check out general store hike in temescal canyon have lunch at gjusta mar vista farmers market on sunday drive to malibu walk the dunes at point dune go to sunlife for one of their bowls or a breakfast burrito at lily’s in malibu pack a picnic dinner, stop at trancas market to grab things and go to the beach point dune or el pescador or matador beach for sunset volunteer at a farm, learn about permaculture, mulch, zero waste and more I go to Manju Kumar of @zerowastefarmer find a flea market, rose bowl or long beach take canyon roads home, drive and drive. if needs a hotel, stay at surfrider malibu or rose in venice go to my friends shop Nickey Kehoe, even if not to buy anything, wonderful things and ideas for the home. visit Kneedland &Co – shop by joanna williams home shop and all her collections from all over the world, she is an incredible curator go to palm springs stay at korakia take a day trip to ojai east side eat at kismet taco trucks if music is live again, find some music. or festivals mercado sagrado
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
my styling career started as I was an assistant 20 years ago to amazing stylists and women I am always grateful for, Sibella Court and Christine Rudolph. The artisans that work in Oaxaca and Morocco who make all the designs and ideas I bring to them, I am always in awe of their talent and beautiful work which makes Totem Home so special.
Instagram: @kimficaro @totemhome
All photos photographed by Gentl & Hyers except the last one of all the ceramics on white