Olivia Chylinski

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She's a self-confessed paper addict, designer and maker of calendars for her business, The Brown Paper Movement. Based in Copenhagen and originally from Sydney, Olivia Chylinski is also a creative, Interior Architect who relishes the process and our human connection to spaces.

Whilst her calendar studio specialises in simple planners, made on beautiful textured paper with an aim inspire through sustainability.

What was your latest book discovery? What are your favorite books of all time?

Truth be told I am not a good reader and have always envied those that can just get lost in a good book! 

However those that I have read include:

Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson - a new friend of mine gifted me this after we both completed a self development and learning course. A really beautiful, short fable on changes in life. It was one I read over a few times before moving to Copenhagen from Sydney. 

This Is Essentialism by Greg McKeown - My brother recommended this one to help discern the essential from non-essential and at the time I was in flux with my business, so balancing work/play was tough. I mainly refer to the book for clear principles and to my family for support and guidance."

Most visited blogs, websites?

The Design Files

Love chasing the works of:
Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec


What apps do you use the most and why?

VSCOCam - more for editing brightness, contrast and sharpening in one go. I also love the feed and sometimes plan my Instagram gallery like this, however have been doing that a little less lately and just going with the flow!

Instagram - it's my go-to resource for networking and inspiration. Can we talk about people power! This platform has introduced me to so many wonderful, supportive and uplifting souls... it really is incredible the way it connects people if used well.

Ken Done. When I was about 5 my parents introduced me to Ken’s artwork through buying an entire clothing line for our family in the one print.

Whats currently on your playlist?

Find by Shallou, Kasbo, Cody Lovaas
New Light by John Mayer
Back To The Beach by Shehinah X Kyle Deustch 
Girls Like You (feat. Cardi B) by Maroon 5
A Good Night by John Legend, BloodPop
Taki Taki (with Selena Gomez) by DJ Snake, Selena Gomez, Osuna, Cardi B
Vuelve by Danny Ocean
Thank You (Oxen Butcher Remix) by Alle, Oxen Butcher 
Rather Be with You by Sinead Harnett
Tick Tock (Junge Junge Remix) by Kyle Pearce, Junge Junge

What records would you recommend to hear?

I can't say I know the names of records but some oldies I love include Louis Prima and Chubby Checker, they most definitely had records :)

Fresh movie finds? What films do you think everybody should watch?

Recently I really loved Shallow, I know its quite cliche but it was a great movie and captured my attention on many levels. 

Australia - in my mind, it brilliantly depicts how Australia was when it was colonised by the British. I really enjoyed the storytelling here and the landscape is spot on.
Shutter Island - Leonardo Di Caprio plays this role with such demeanour, I can't get enough of this one. 
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - a unique film with a beautiful and quirky story (the title gives you a hint) and that most definitely caught my eye.

Which artists working today do you admire most?

Ken Done. When I was about 5 my parents introduced me to Ken's artwork through buying an entire clothing line for our family in the one print. Yes, we are talking about matching tops, pants, scrunchies, swim caps and beach bags. We have a brilliant photo too! I've always loved the fun, thick brush strokes, generous colour and bold illustrations of Sydney that Ken does. He will always be a favourite.

What are some of your tv top tips right now?

We've been watching Ozark and just finished La Casa De Papel (a bit late to the game, but nonetheless it was brilliant).

Who are you following?

@yellowtrace (ALL things design and art, latest latest finds)
@thedesignfiles (best coverage of Aussie design)
@thegatherists (for networking and discovering some lovely new accounts)
@nina_bruun (an eye for colour detailing)
@ilemartini (Ilenia has such an inquisitive eye)
@wrenandwhippet (a beautiful new friend, who's passion for uplifting others really inspires me)
@jemima.aldridge (founder of @saddlerandco, reminding me of Australia and how it will always be my home. The craftsmanship of her beautiful leather goods have my heart!)
@bravewellness (Be infinite, Be brave. I recently e-met the founder, Carol @caroltannousleiman via Kas from Wren & Whippet, and after one of our international Skype meet-ups. Carol has a passion and drive to see others succeed and is a brilliant mentor and sounding board for all things business!)

The Creative Voyage podcast
Seize The Yay (recent brilliant discovery)
Melissa Ambrosini show
and Oprah's Soul Conversations.

What tools do you use in your work?

Some basics are InDesign and Photoshop. Canon 60D for shooting photos, then I edit them in Lightroom. During work hours as an Interior Architect I often use Revit and Rhino.

What magazines / newspapers do you read regularly?

RUM Magazine mostly when the International Edition comes out. I also enjoy the odd Gourmet Traveller issue when I'm back home in Sydney. I always pick up a copy when I'm there for summer inspiration and a burst of colour.

What are your favorite gadgets?

Hmm... well currently its my latest Parmigiano Reggiano cheese knife from a tour in Reggio Emilia through AirB&B Experiences.


The Brown Paper Movement




© All photos: Olivia Alicja Chylinski

© Portrait: Anne-Sophie Bak Rosenvinge