May 2017_by Federica Tattoli
Building on the principles of design and ceramics, L:A BRUKET co-founder Monica Kylén began exploring skincare out of necessity. As a trained ceramic artist, Monica was creating a line of homeware products and needed a wholesome, natural soap to demonstrate the functionality of her design. Unable to find any that met her philosophy for design and quality, she set out making some for herself. This is how L:A BRUKET started and still operates today.
An uncompromising approach toward working with the best ingredients that nature has to offer, providing a functional benefit to the user and drawing inspiration from a close relationship to nature continue to guide our brand and team. Monica’s passion touches everything we do, resulting in uncompromising quality and the desire to change a simple routine into a daily celebration.
At L:A BRUKET we believe that no matter what is happening in our lives, the moments we take for ourselves every morning should be a reward for yourself and a great preparation for the day ahead.
You in five words...
Monika; sensitive, openminded, creative, basic, impatient.
Mats; We are natural for real!
L:A BRUKET in five words…
Monika; for real, natural, uncomplicated, simplicity.
Mats; We are natural for real!
Your work in five words…
Monika; creative, developing, scenting, thinking, testing.
Mats; Dedication, determination, sincere, joyful, enthusiasm.
Your brilliant quality…
Monika; I have a sense of things to come.
Mats; I can always spot an opportunity.
Your main fault
Monika; I don´t feel comfortable in structured and organised processes. I work too intuitive.
Mats; I can never turn away from an opportunity.
Five places you love most in the world
Monika; my home, my ceramic studio, my greenhouse, my garden, the stable.
Mats; Our garden house in Varberg, Stockholm, Santa Monica L.A., Paris, Biarritz.
Monika; Warm grey.
Mats; The green colour of the Kattegatt sea in May… Asphalt, Indigo.
Mats; Italian Gnocchi with butter and sage.
Where would you live if you are not living where you are now
Monika; Some place warmer maybe California, Italy or Spain.
Five songs that you always listen
Monika; Total recall with Lavender Diamond, Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings, Father John Misty, Waking on a pretty day Curt Vile, Walk on by El perro del mar.
Mats; Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings / Father John Misty
Seven / Fever Ray
Jolene / White Stripes
Going up the country / Canned Heat
Blue Moon Revisited (The Trinity sessions) / Cowboy Junkies
Five artists / works that have marked yourself
Mats; I get inspired and enlightened by literature, music and arts but the marks on my personality and my work comes from nature and people I love, have met or worked with…
Five fundamental fashion designer / fashion brands that you must have in your closet
Monika; I have quit focusing on fashion brands.
Mats; Edwin jeans
Nigel Cabourn, work-wear.
Alpha Industries, M65 field jacket
Yard ETC Aprons
The garment and design object which you would not live without
Monika; My horse is my perfect design object which I can´t take my eyes off and my brass candleholder from Svenskt Tenn in Stockholm
Mats; YARD ETC gardener´s cap in denim
My 9’8” Bing Original Noserider Longboard
What's on your desk right now
Monika; Essential oils, scent-sticks, my Hinoki perfume oil, samples of new products that we are developing, my favorite scented candle Black oak.
Mats; my earphones that blocks out noise.
The image of your desktop
Monika; A selfie at me and my husband.
What do you hear-listen when you answer these questions
Monika; I hear birds singing from my garden.
Mats; The ocean.
Night or day
Are you superstitious
Monika & Mats; No.
Monika; Open mind/Being positive. Take what you have and do something with it.
Mats; Turning obstacles and limitations to opportunities.
Tell me a secret
Mats; I have no tattoos.
Tell me a lie
Monika; I don´t care if someone says something bad about me or my brand.
Mats; I never lie.
A dream come true and one that you would like to accomplish
Monika; Starting my own brand and to be able to live on it. Have our own place were the climate is warmer and to spend a lot of time during winter with my family there.
Mats; The good world… I would like politicians and religious leaders of the world to relax and actually do their job and solve the problem. The good life… I would like to be healthy and in good shape, live by the beach in a warm climate and surf with Monica, Kalle (our son) and potentially our grandchildren on my 80th birthday.