All photographs by me.
Isa: First off, I want to say it's a real privilege to talk with you - I love your furniture and use them often. Where are you from in Real Life?
Blue: I'm from Sweden
Isa: So you've been in SL for about 3 years - is this your first avatar?
Blue: No it's not, I've been in SL for about 13 years now.
Isa: That makes sense given how advanced your work is.
Blue: I have been creating all the time, but in a totally different field, nothing to do with furniture or erotics so it seemed appropriate to start over with a new avatar for my new work.
Isa: I see - what was that other field if I can ask?
Blue: Let's just say it is avatar related :) It's one of my big secrets - I like to keep a bit of mystery! :P
Isa: So mysterious! :) So how long has Lalou been selling furniture? Can you walk me through the general history of Lalou?
Blue: Oh yes, first thing I started with here was actually not furniture, but face poses. I made a few while I was buying animations and learning how to use the animation sit system and figuring out everything around the rezzable mesh LOD etc, and not making them too prim heavy. The first piece of furniture took me forever to figure out with all, especially building the menu and to set all coordinates. That was the Master and Mistress Wingback chair, which I released in December 2018.
Isa: You're clearly very intelligent - does this type of work tie into your RL at all? Or did you learn this on your own?
Blue: It does blend with my RL profession as I am in the graphic design field, but all of the 3D I have figured out by myself.
Isa: That's impressive...by the way, what does 'Lalou' mean?
Blue: Nothing what I know of - I just played around with words and it felt right.
Isa: Help me understand the world of erotic furniture...you don't create animations yourself - you 'put' animations into furniture that you create, correct?
Blue: Yes correct. I look for every smooth, sensual or fun animation I can find. I'm very picky with what to buy. And I only add the ones I think really work with the furniture. I have made some of the animations myself too, when I can't find something that fits.
Isa: What you call being picky others would call having an eye for quality.
Blue: Thank you!
Isa: You may not want to reveal your sources for animations but I'll ask anyway - where do you find most of them?
Blue: I think I buy from all of the ones that make and sell animations, I spend a lot of time trying to find good ones. I pick a few from each, some I buy more from than others; there are gems to find at many animators.
Isa: I spend time searching for furniture with new animations and I can only imagine how time consuming it is to search one animation at a time.
Blue: Oh yes, it is! Often I build the furniture around the animations, not the opposite. I spend a huge amount of time on the menu and animations, so it can be a pleasure to use.
Isa: I love your menu naming conventions. Sometimes they are just 'BJ2' or whatever but I like some of the more clever ones.
Blue: Gosh, naming is one of the really hard things! To come up with new names for almost the same pose is hard.
Isa: I see you just created a play room in your showroom - what made you do that? I think it's a great idea and a great way to show your furniture's capabilities.
Blue: Ahh yes the play room! I made it because I wanted to have a more natural place where my furniture can be tried and used than at my main store. Plus I saw the skybox from Varonis and thought it was really nice for that. I would be happy to know people come and use it, regardless if they buy something or not. Just like a little public apartment filled with erotic opportunities.
Isa: Does your design stem from a personal preference for sex furniture? Meaning, I see a lot of BDSM or at least power exchange in these. Is that a conscious decision based on your preferences or is this just SL these days?
Blue: It is pretty much all my preferences. Of course some are inspired by what people ask me to make too, but I need to have some kind of feeling for it. The designs are what I think is pretty; I create with inspirations from RL furniture, but don't copy them straight off, I change and add my personal touch to them.
Isa: I bought your Mistress chaise recently and am AMAZED at how many licking animations you put in there - I love it!
Isa: Mesh has really opened up a lot of low prim options. We've had poseballs....and then AVSitter....what do you see as the next innovation in terms of sex animations?
Blue: Well there are all these integrations with Aeros tilting adjustment, It's Not Mine cum layer etc.. maybe will be a some more of those. The Avsitter system is pretty strong and used throughout SL now - might need something that can push the memory use further and accept more animations to make people change from using it. Right now there is a limit that is easy to reach when you have a lot of animations, and that is the most annoying thing for designers .. I think.
Isa: What animations have you NOT found that you'd like to see? I think there is a lack of good MFM options (speaking on behalf of a friend - ahem!)
Blue: Yea, always need more of those! Hmm...more BDSM: tied and constrained...and of course more femdom ones. Most D/s in SL seems to be maledom.
Isa: Well I am confident that if and when these poses start to get created we will find them in your amazing collection of furniture!
Isa: Blue, thank you so much for chatting with me today - it's been a pleasure!
Blue: Thank you Isa.