Design ADAC

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April & May are just chock-full of fun stuff for us here at CLOTH & KIND. We’re both honored & super excited to have been invited to present at the BRADLEY showroom at ADAC, along with textile designer Victoria Larson, on What’s New, What’s Next in Textile Trends as part of the Veranda-hosted Design ADAC event. We cannot thank visionary Michelle Bradley enough for her constant support of CLOTH & KIND and for creating this opportunity for us.

Of course, in pure C&K style, we’re pulling out all the stops and have done video interviews with some of our favorite names in textile design to spill on the changes in the world of textile design due to technology and the internet as well as what’s next in textiles. Expect to hear from John Robshaw, Zak Profera of ZAK + FOX, Susan Hable Smith of Hable Construction, Clay McLaurin & Todd Piercy of Clay McLaurin Studio, Seema Krish, and Elizabeth Hewitt of Tulu Textiles. Also, we are thrilled that Victoria Larson will be sharing the soapbox with us and speaking about her experience as an independent textile designer. We would love for you to join us if you can, but if not, look for an upcoming blog post with snippets from the presentation.

Proust on Design: Neisha Crosland

Proust on Design: Neisha Crosland | CLOTH & KIND

what is your idea of perfect design happiness?
HAVING A WHOLE DAY IN MY STUDIO
WITHOUT ANY INTERRUPTIONS.

Proust on Design: Neisha Crosland | CLOTH & KIND

 what is your greatest fear in design?
HAVING TOO MANY MEETINGS.

 which historical design figure do you most identify with?
POPOVA THE RUSSIAN PAINTER ( 1889-1924 )
HAS BEEN A MENTOR FOR ME SINCE THE AGE OF 17 YRS OLD.

Proust on Design: Neisha Crosland | CLOTH & KIND

which living designer do you most admire?
ARCHITECT LUIS BARRAGAN AND
LANDSCAPE GARDENER FERNANDO CARUNCHO.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt?
TOO LATE NOW BUT A DANCER OR PIANO PLAYER.

what is your greatest design extravagance?
PRINTING ON A £500 A METER CASHMERE
THEN BOILING IT TO MAKE IT SHRINK
TO SEE WHAT THE EFFECT WOULD BE.

Proust on Design: Neisha Crosland | CLOTH & KIND

when and where were you happiest with your design?
AT THE MOMENT I CRACK THE REPEAT
PARTICULARLY WITH WALLPAPER.

Proust on Design: Neisha Crosland | CLOTH & KIND

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
THAT I AM STILL AT IT 30 YRS LATER.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object,
who or what do you think it would be?
CONCORDE.

what specific design related talent are you lacking
that you would you most like to have?
TO BE ABLE TO DRAW AND PAINT
LIKE THE MARIA GARTHWAITE AND JAMES LEMAN
BOTH LATE 17TH EARLY 18TH SPITALFIELD
LONDON TEXTILE DESIGNERS.

what is your most treasured design related possession?
MY SKETCHBOOKS.

Proust on Design: Neisha Crosland | CLOTH & KIND

 what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
CONFORMING.

what curse word do you most frequently use?
BLOODY HELL.

what is your favorite design related word?
ELEGANT.

what is your least favorite design related word?
COOL / TRENDY /SEXY.

what turns you on in design?
A NEW ANGLE THAT IS BEAUTIFUL.

 what turns you off in design?
TRYING TO BE TOO CLEVER AND BAD DRAWING.

what is your motto in design?
KEEP IT FRESH
AND EVERY LITTLE PART HAS TO BE BEAUTIFUL.

Proust on Design: Neisha Crosland | CLOTH & KIND

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IMAGE CREDITS | All images provided by Neisha Crosland. Portrait of Neisha taken by Kristin Peres.

ABOUT PROUST ON DESIGN | Answered by our design icons, these must-ask questions come from a 19th century parlor game made popular by Marcel Proust, the French novelist, essayist & critic. Proust believed the direct questions and honest responses that they elicited revealed the true nature of the individual. For this column, we have put a design related spin on the traditional questions. While this method has been used by many journalists throughout the years, we were primarily inspired by The Proust Questionnaire, which appears monthly on the back page of one of our all time favorite magazines, Vanity Fair (also Krista’s alma mater). Read all of the previous Proust on Design questionnaires here.

The Atlantan: Material Girl

The Atlantan: Material Girl | CLOTH & KIND

Take a look at who is gracing the pages of The Atlantan this month! We were gobsmacked (to quote Tami in all her southern charm) when they approached Tami about being featured in the Best of the City issue – what a tremendous honor. With opportunity knocking, we set out to make it totally killer, including tapping into our dear and talented friends at Katharine Kidd and Bradley USA.

Katharine Kidd is an LA and Atlanta based fashion designer who is deservedly basking in her growing reputation as one of the hottest clothing designers around and who is, hands down, a genius at blending feminine details with edge and luscious materials. She is our go-to for unique and showstopping fashion – but don’t take our word for it, check out the celebrities donning her frocks. Katharine was kind enough to outfit Ms. Ramsay head to toe for the shoot – and let me tell you, finding digs in her Atlanta store was as easy as pie. Here’s Tami making her selections and trying stuff on. And can we please talk about that light fixture while we’re at it?

The Atlantan: Material Girl | CLOTH & KIND

This dress below was my personal favorite – I mean, what’s not to love about dripping gold embroidery? However, the outfit Tami ended up wearing included a beloved, and therefore, mainstay fits-like-a-glove Charlotte Printed Blouse that Katherine brings back every season and mixes it up with new colors and patterns, along with Kimberly Pant, a sexy black slack with a revealing peek-a-boo leg slit.

The Atlantan: Material Girl | CLOTH & KIND

Michelle Bradley, the sassy and wickedly talented founder and creative genius behind Bradley, ever so graciously welcomed The Atlantan to shoot Tami in her drop dead gorgeous showroom at ADAC.

The Atlantan: Material Girl | CLOTH & KIND

I swear, we both want like one of everything in her showroom and appreciate the fully customizable nature of her product lines. Tami is mad for the large scale art featuring works by paper-cut-project, which you can get a glimpse of in the shot of her above.  I personally have my eye on this concrete side table in a major way… but I digress.

The Atlantan: Material Girl | CLOTH & KIND

Anyway, besides all the fun leading up to and on the day of the photo shoot, we just adored being able to share Tami’s local Atlanta favorites including Hugh Acheson’s Empire State South restaurant, Susan Hable Smith’s Hable Construction textiles for Hickory Chair, Bungalow Classic, Sally King Benedict‘s art, Gogo Ferguson‘s jewelry and Clay McLaurin‘s fabrics. Many of these talented folks we’ve already written about extensively on our blog so be sure to check out these links for deep dive looks at Susan Hable Smith, Sally King Benedict, Clay McLaurin and paper-cut-project. We’ve always loved sharing our favorite sources… it’s our firm belief that sharing the news about others doing great things in the design world is the best way to help get them recognized and to spread the design love. In fact, if you haven’t already, check out our Little Black Book for a complete list of the companies we routinely turn to over and over again in our own design practice.

A most sincere thanks to The Atlantan and Kate Abney for a piece that we are exceptionally proud to be a part of.

PS – and just because I’m so proud of my girl, I have to mention that Tami was also featured on the Contents page in addition to the piece on her on p. 48. Eeek!

The Atlantan: Material Girl | CLOTH & KIND

Good Reads: Fortuny Interiors

Faithfully antique but markedly original were Marcel Proust‘s words to describe Mariano Fortuny‘s fabrics in the early 1900s and how very true that sentiment remains today.

Good Reads: Fortuny Interiors | CLOTH & KIND

Before we even received the copy of this book we were charmed by its elegant cover, and as longstanding lovers of the luxurious Fortuny brand, we expected nothing short of a truly Good Read. But when we opened the book to find the first line on the very first page was the above quote by Marcel Proust we were even more enchanted. Proust, after all, is at the epicenter of our most popular column on CLOTH & KIND titled Proust on Design. Yes, we already loved this book and we were only on page one.

Good Reads: Fortuny Interiors | CLOTH & KIND

In Fortuny Interiors, author Brian D. Coleman educates us not only about the beginnings of this fascinating company including how Mariano breathed life into his fabrics by creating new techniques like hand stamping of velvets, silks and cottons and how his true passion for art and painting fueled his textile designs, but photographer Erik Kvalsvik also gives us glimpse after glimpse into the homes in which some of these stunningly beautiful fabrics have been used.

 

Oh, and we got all excited over the Fabric Appendix at the back of the book. What a cool and highly useful way to see all of the Fortuny patterns available in simple, black & white form. Our imaginations were going wild looking at these and envisioning all of the amazing custom colorways we could create.

Good Reads: Fortuny Interiors | CLOTH & KIND

If only Mariano were alive today… how we’d adore having him answer our Proust on Design questionnaire. His answers would undoubtedly be as fascinating and brilliant as his textiles are.

If, like us, you can’t get enough then check out our recent post on Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo’s Show & Tell featuring her personal favorite Fortuny fabric, then make haste and get yourself to the nearest local bookstore or Amazon to snag a copy of Fortuny Interiors. Your creative self and your coffee table will be all the happier for it.

IMAGE CREDITS | Original photography by Erik Kvalsvik. All images taken of Fortuny Interiors for this blog post by Krista Nye Schwartz of CLOTH & KIND.

Palette No. 28

Palette No 28 | CLOTH & KIND

Yesterday got away from us and so we were remiss in sharing our Palette post of the week. But the calm of the weekend has set in and we finally had a moment to get this soft and serene grouping of fabrics up for you.

Lately, we’ve been admiring really feminine hues like this conch shade of taupey pink. Mary McDonald’s Chinois Palais in Blush Conch was the inspiration for this grouping. It stands alone (check out the full repeat below – it’s stunning) and doesn’t need much else so we merely layered in some simple, textural fabrics from Holland & Sherry and Rosemary Hallgarten. Perfection.

RIGHT | Chinois Palais in Blush Conch by Mary McDonald from Schumacher (#175040)
TOP LEFT | Alona in Rice from Holland & Sherry (#DE12139)
BOTTOM LEFT | Alpaca Boucle in Oatmeal from Rosemary Hallgarten (#FT376)

Palette No 28 | CLOTH & KIND

Wishing you a wonderful and relaxing weekend.

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