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2015 Gift Guides: A Moment with Julie Ho of Confettisystem

When the fashion, art, and music worlds want a space to feel like a full-on celebration, they call on Confettisystem, the design duo of L.A.-based Julie Ho and New York-based Nicholas Andersen. They're known for using simple materials — tissue paper, tinsel, cardboard — to create shimmering, immersive installations and sets for fashion brands like Lanvin, Lane Crawford, Opening Ceremony, United Bamboo, and J.Crew; musicians like Beyoncé, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Beach House; and cultural institutions such as MOMA PS1 and Gagosian Gallery. The pair also sell jewelry and objects at Opening Ceremony, Bergdorf Goodman, and Le Bon Marché, and exhibit their work at art galleries worldwide. 

As masters of all things festive, Confettisystem were a natural choice to curate a Tetra Gift Guide as part of our ongoing series. To mark the occasion, we visited Ho at home in L.A. with up-and-coming photographer Gaea Woods, to capture her smoking ritual and find out more about where her creativity comes from.

How did you and Nick first start working together? ​We met a long time ago through mutual friends in New York.  We both worked as set designers, stylists, artist assistants, and in fashion beforehand. A lot of different jobs!

When did you move to LA?
About 6 months ago, right at the start of the summer. The light, flora and fauna, and exploring different areas of the city have been really inspiring. Digging around in the fabric district here has been really fun. Nick came to visit recently and we found amazing dead stock fabrics we're really excited about incorporating into our work. More to come....

What's inspiring you lately?
Studying California native plants. I just got several books I'm excited to get into. There's also an amazing native plant nursery in Sun Valley, Theodore Payne, that I've been visiting a lot.

What are you listening to right now?
The Japanese 80's band Mariah, ​Aphex Twin ambient sounds, and Finis Africae​.

What will you be wearing to holiday parties?
Something simple, easy to dance in,​ and with pockets for my lighter.

What's your smoking ritual?
​I just recently discovered mugwort. It's the best! I've been rolling and smoking it on my deck as a bedtime ritual. It helps with sleeping as well as improving your dream recall.