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Interior Design (MA)

Kailey Kramer

Kailey Kramer is a multi-disciplinary designer with a background in art direction, graphic design, fashion product design+styling, and interior design. She brings a breadth of references and various strategies that inform her approach to design. Having earned her BA in English and Philosophy at Boston College, she enjoys pulling inspiration from all realms of creativity. 

As a self-taught designer, she began her career in 2D and journeyed increasingly into 3D over the past 10 years—beginning on the page, pivoting to fashion design and, now, to space. Having a decade of experience in the design industry, she decided to pursue an MA in Interior Design to formally explore and develop her point of view as a designer and skill-set specific to the built environment. As a part of the Matter platform, she’s especially interested in the how materiality can impact how we perceive and experience space.

Recent Features—

A Series of Rooms x Royal College of Art—October 2022

Work featured on ASOR Instagram (88k audience) and website as one of ten selected projects from a collaboration with MA1 ID program.

The Architect's Newspaper—2018

Best Interior Retail Award for Jack Erwin NYC flagship retail designed with MILLIØNS

SightUnseen Saturday Selects—2019

Jack Erwin NYC Flagship Retail designed with MILLIØNS


Design Feature, Jack Erwin Women's Collection


Design Feature, Jack Erwin Women's Collection


M. Apothecary is a space that re-imagines the design language of care and proposes upstream health solutions to support the at-times frail care system. 

Current healthcare facilities are essential and highly valuable, but can be intimidating places we need to visit if ill, rather than places we want to go for maintaining wellness. These centres also often break under the great weight of chronic illness that is endemic in the UK and much of the western world. Rather than treating symptoms, this project proposes an operation and centre for learning that can help the multi-generational community of Woolwich maintain wellness and prolong health-span with the power of functional mushrooms. 

As an ancient tool as well as the basis for many modern medicines, funghi— such as Reishi, Lion’s Mane, Chaga and Tremella to name a few–possess extraordinary benefits that extend to every aspect of daily life for people of all ages—from sleep quality and daily stress to Alzheimer’s and ADHD. In addition to being a highly sustainable urban crop, the proposed local, direct-to-consumer growing operations in Woolwich can help make these products accessible. 

As a former industrial complex with much of the factory architecture still intact, The former Siemens Factory in Woolwich is a blank canvas for a contemporary, forward-thinking production. Its cold, sometimes dark and vast space specifically are well suited for a low-energy urban mushroom farming operation. 

As opposed to current care centres— a ‘design language for sickness’—M. Apothecary proposes a ‘design language for wellness.’ In contrast to cold and clinical, fluorescent waiting rooms and segmented plans of current care centres, the materiality of the space aims to instead be a warm, organic, open and permeable space for wandering and exploration. 

m apothecary
cork sculptures
Material palette exploration in cork, leather, natural stone and marble.
site map
Mushroom and mycelium palette inspiration.
Initial survey of building surfaces.
Index of surfaces at 25 Bowater Road.
The building's historical industrial infrastructure provides an opportunity for an entirely new kind of production.
Reishi Mushroom
lions mane
Lion's Mane Mushroom
m grow cycle
Initial planning proposal.
first floor
Apothecary experience organised by mushroom species.
Sketch for apothecary stations where visitors can learn, sample and customise mushroom blends.
super table
Initial sketch for monolithic table design with apertures to farm.
The palette prominently features mycelium and cork while also incorporating other organic materials that reference the texture of mushrooms and materiality of their growing conditions. The presence of concrete represents the elements of the building that will remain and be reused.
Cultivated mycelium
grow bag
Lion's Mane mushroom fruiting bag.