I met Heather through an amazing friend of mine, Stephanie Barone, who then introduced me to Heather’s work—as it is all over Stephanie’s house. I was immediately in awe of her eccentric, grounding, beautiful works of art. Each piece so original, like nothing I had ever seen. I couldn’t be more honored to share her magical talents with you. Meet Heather Pando of Little World Design.
LITTLE WORLD DESIGN UMBRELLAS SO MANY DIFFERENT TYPES OF RAW MATERIALS. TELL US HOW YOU FORMED SUCH A UNIQUE CONCEPT IN DESIGN
The concept of LWD was developed to take things that are natural, organic and sometimes transitory: a cloud of migrating butterflies, magnolias perfectly in bloom, a weathered piece of driftwood after it's been washed along the shore, and capture these qualities. LWD's ultimate vision is to make these raw materials accessible and lasting objects of beauty to have in your home or work environments. The pieces have also been used as focal points of interest for special events. These objects are reflections of the natural world. Krislyn Meyer-Komarov, my friend and colleague, has been a large part of helping me realize my overall vision.
YOUR FAVORITE MATERIALS AND WHAT THEY REPRESENT TO YOU
Geodes | remind me how one can't judge a book a by its cover. They represent inner beauty and astonish me with how science is an art.
Sponges from the sea | All known living sponges can remold their bodies, as most types of their cells can move within their bodies and a few can change from one type to another. This represents surviving and evolving as an individual. Science is fascinating to me.
WHAT INSPIRES EACH PEACE? DO YOU HAVE A PROCESS
Art is truly an act of the subconscious. Majority of my work has been inspired by nature. Creativity begins with obsession. A love for something. A need to become part of it. Our work is custom, each piece will differ due to the beauty of nature. We have a large portfolio of work that we continually recreate in different dimensions to fit the specs of a client's home. We collaborate with interior designers, artists and clients to bring their visions to fruition.
HOW DOES BEING A MOM INFLUENCE YOUR WORK
My son is truly my driving force. I've been teaching him a lot about the business side of LWD. He's been making pieces and selling them to my family members. He constantly brings me unusual treasures and comments on the shape or color of the material. I love his innocent perspective with creation. He has no boundaries and has taught me the importance of keeping a sense of wonderment and magic in the art of creation.
TOP FIVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT
MAC Mascara | I just started using this a few months ago and I'm hooked! My lashes are surreal!
MAC Lipgloss | Just Superb!
Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser | I've been washing my face with this product since I was fourteen.
Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream | I slather my body with this every morning and sometimes in the evening.
J Beverly Hills Beach Spray | Texturing spray, best product for flirty fun beach hair!
HEALTH AND DIET REGIME
I've kicked off my new year with blended green drinks for breakfast—spinach, flax seed, banana, honey, a little water and sometimes blueberries. Lunch is normally standing up while working and stuffing my pie-hole with a salad from Trader Joe's and dinners always vary with meat, fish, chicken, vegetables and a glass of vino. I do drink a cup of coffee every morning, and lots of water throughout the day. I run about 4 days a week, walk or hike with a friend one day a week and try my best to squeeze in yoga a few times a month. I exercise normally in the morning after my son is dropped off at school.
FAVORITE STORES IN LA
HOW DO YOU FIND YOUR ZEN
My son's laugh and smile always makes me stop what I'm doing and I just stare at him. It's an overwhelming sense of joy that's unexplainable—just watching him grow into a little man is priceless. Two days a week I do an intense hill run in the Arroyo. It helps me work through my day-to-day life struggles. I feel empowered after I run. I have hundreds of mobile cloud images that I have taken over the years during my morning runs. I can’t get enough of them. The clouds capture my soul and open my imagination to a place of magic and power. When I’m having a difficult day, I visualize that place to free my mind and get myself out of my head. Sometimes I just want to live there, it’s a place of peace and I feel protected. Yoga has also been a great Zen outlet for tapping into my spirituality.