Art & Design

Festive Styling With Imogen Kwok

The multi-disciplinary artist and aesthete, whose work blends culinary, art and design, with brands from Hermès to LOEWE, guides us through her seasonal styling, from floral decoration to the party pieces she's wearing

We may earn a commission if you buy something via an affiliate link on our site.

Prepping tomatoes

Masha Mel

What beauty means to you.

Elegance, refinement, quality, confidence, and the classic.

How to host well this holiday season.

Pay extra attention to the florals – as we decorated them for this shoot - to create a beautiful extra touch to gift wrapping. I would really love to decorate these flowers for a table setting as well – the dark calla lilies feel festive in a very sophisticated way and even more interesting with the sparkling sugar on top.

On the menu.

Oysters and white wine.

On the playlist.

Anything by Cleo Sol.

Your party piece of the season.

My Gucci bamboo handbag in green – it has a touch of holiday vibes with the green while being timeless and chic.

The beauty products you’re rarely without.

Hermès lipsticks (I have a variety of shades) and the brand’s Plein Air mineral bronzer, Augustinus Bader serum and cream, Dr. Barbara Sturm gentle cleanser, and Le Labo The Matcha 26 Eau de Parfum.

Bottega Veneta Sardine, Chanel Le Rouge lipstick and Hermès Beauty Ombres d'Hermès

Masha Mel

Imogen wearing Christopher Esber

Masha Mel

The book you'll be reading in downtime.

‘Now You See Me’ by Charlene Prempeh.

The artists and designers that inspire you.

At the moment I’m very drawn to the work of Pieter Claesz, Daiga Grantina, Lucie Rie, Amy Revier, and Fausto Melotti.

The story behind your stationary collection.

The idea was to bring a unique food element into an unexpected scenario, so each card comes with a sheet of edible paper that has been hand-stamped by my studio with sugar ink as a nod to how I value craftsmanship. These can be dipped into tea (or champagne as we learned at the launch), or torn up as a wafer topping with grated cheese and salt (on soups and pastas).

Handwritten notes are always so much more touching - this probably comes from my background working in restaurant hospitality - how to make someone feel special. So this idea that you could read a note from someone while nibbling on a bit of edible paper dipped into your coffee was playful and memorable to me. I launched the collection at Hauser & Wirth’s Mount St. restaurant, as part of their cultural programming series, ‘Room Service.'

Your residency at Rosewood.

Rosewood invited me to create a menu for their Mirror Room, which is a tasting menu in collaboration with Ruinart champagne. I was so excited when they first asked me - it is an incredible opportunity to share dishes that truly represent me, my style, my culinary practice, and most of all dishes that I really just love to eat, with flavours that are punchy, delicate, refined and wholesome all at the once. They are the epitome of my work and how I am known for bringing artistic practice to culinary experiences, with a style defined by sculptural shapes and geometric structure - a feeling of ‘architecture meets cuisine.’ The project emphasises craftsmanship and experiments with form and minimalist pattern.

Peanut pearls featured at Imogen's Rosewood London residency

@imogenkwok // Instagram


Photography & video: Masha Mel

Location: Modernity London (artwork: Painting by Sven Hansson, Sweden, 1982. Oil on canvas; Painting by Harry Booström, Sweden. 1953. Oil on panel).

Fashion: Christopher Esber at KOIBIRD ; 16Arlington at MATCHES

Nails: Pearl Clarke Nails


Join the Luminaire community. Catch the latest drops, be inspired, learn from the best.


Connect with a personal shopper or send an enquiry.