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.

Palette No. 30

Palette No. 30 | CLOTH & KIND

TOP | Selvedge in Vintage from Laura Lienhard Textiles 
MIDDLE | Feather Bloom wallpaper in Two Blues from Celerie Kemble for Schumacher (#5006071)
BOTTOM | Ocean in Pacific from Mokum (#10504/534)

Have a fabulous weekend, guys!

Fab Five: Chevron + A $100 Giveaway!

Did you guys catch our guest post over at Annie Selke’s Fresh American last week? We had such fun putting this special Fab Five together for them. To learn more about our inspiration for this piece, read on…
Fab Five: Chevron + a Giveaway! CLOTH & KIND

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It’s no secret that we at CLOTH & KIND have a long-standing love affair with patterns in textiles, and as interior designers, it has become a hallmark of our design aesthetic. While we are drawn to all manner of textile designs, without fail, we always come back to the chevron as a favorite. There is just something essential and noble about the chevron, with its inverted V-shaped motif, in all its variations, that piques our fancy.

Apparently, we’re not the only ones to delight in the zigzag pattern, because it dates back to ancient times, as seen in archaeological recovery of Greek pottery designs, as well as in early rock carvings. Throughout history, the geometric chevron has been commonly used as a military insignia and in the heraldry images of countless coats of arms and flags. To that end, the chevron has become part of our collective consciousness, and it’s no wonder that the pattern is a stalwart fixture in the graphic-design motifs found in many textile designs.

Our Fab Five inspiration started with the intoxicatingly beautiful Dash & Albert Zigzag Multi micro-hooked rug. We were immediately drawn in by the color combinations that when paired with the zigzag pattern create a cheerful graphic punch. We could see this rug working in a variety of settings, lending a playful air to the room.

We have always been fans of all things Arjumand and would likely sell our souls for the Herringbone Cool wallpaper from the Imperial Collection.

And who wouldn’t love one of Caitlin McGauley’s zigzag trays? We love Caitlin’s whimsical hand-drawn chevron motif on white porcelain accented with 22k gold.

And, let’s be honest, Kelly Wearstler nails graphic patterns and has done so again with this Groundworks for Lee Jofa trimming.

And even if you have been living under a rock, it would be hard to miss how much light has been shed on the beauty of wood floors laid in a chevron or herringbone pattern. Hands down, few companies do this with new floors as impeccably as Exquisite Surfaces.

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So, what’s your favorite pattern? If it’s chevron, then you’re in luck, as we’re partnering with Annie to offer you a $100 Pine Cone Hill shopping credit, where you can shop all sorts of chevrons. Click HERE to enter over on Fresh American… and best of luck to you!

Inspired: Hand Painted Wall Panels

We are dying to use these exquisite hand painted wall panels from Dessin Fournir in an upcoming design project. You can totally see why, can’t you?

Inspired: Hand Painted Wall Panels | CLOTH & KIND

Inspired: Hand Painted Wall Panels | CLOTH & KIND

Inspired: Hand Painted Wall Panels | CLOTH & KIND

Inspired: Hand Painted Wall Panels | CLOTH & KIND

West Fifty-Third | Property of a Gentleman | Abundance | Eltham Palace

How incredible are they?!… and which would you love to see gracing the walls in your own home? Tami is swooning in all her southern charm over Property of a Gentleman and I’m head over heels for the classic Chinoiserie look of West Fifty-Third. We can dream, can’t we?

 

Palette No. 20

Palette No. 20 | CLOTH & KIND

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A special thanks to Travis & Company at ADAC, who has graciously provided all three of the memos used in today’s post. Happy Friday!

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