Proust on Design: Madeline Weinrib

what is your idea of perfect design happiness?
COPYRIGHT LAWS THAT PROTECT DESIGNERS
AND NOT BIG BUSINESS.

what is your greatest fear in design?
FEAR CAN LEAD TO BETTER DESIGN.

which historical design figure do you most identify with?
FORTUNY.

which living designer do you most admire?
JACK LENOR LARSEN. I ADMIRE HIM NOT ONLY FOR HIS WORK,
BUT ALSO FOR HIS SUPPORT OF OTHER DESIGNERS.
HIS COLLECTIONS ARE WONDERFUL AS WELL.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt?
COOKING.

what is your greatest design extravagance?
MY STUDIO – IT’S A BIG, LIGHT-FILLED SPACE
AND A PLEASURE TO WORK IN EVERY DAY.

when and where were you happiest with your design?
I’M VERY CRITICAL OF MY OWN WORK.
FROM CONCEPTION TO COMPLETION,
THE PROCESS CAN TAKE ONE TO TWO YEARS.
IT’S A HAPPY DAY WHEN I FEEL A DESIGN IS FINALLY FINISHED.

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
CAN YOU ASK ME THAT AGAIN IN ANOTHER 20 YEARS?

if you died and came back as another designer or design object,
who or what do you think it would be?
IRONICALLY, I WOULD NOT BE A RUG.
I DON’T LIKE TO LET PEOPLE WALK ALL OVER ME.

what specific design related talent are you lacking
that you would you most like to have?
THINKING IN SQUARE FOOTAGE.

what is your most treasured design related possession?
MY FORNASETTI CONSOLE.
I FOUND IT YEARS AGO IN A SECOND HAND SHOP.

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
SEEING MY HANDMADE DESIGNS COPIED AND MASS PRODUCED.

what curse word do you most frequently use?
I USE THEM ALL.

what is your favorite design related word?
HARMONY.

what is your least favorite design related word?
KITSCH.

what turns you on in design?
AUTHENTICITY AND ORIGINALITY.

what turns you off in design?
KNOCKOFFS.

what is your motto in design?
KEEP IT SIMPLE.

IMAGE CREDITS | Lead image of Madeline provided by Madeline Weinrib & taken by photographer Jason Frank Rothenberg, Painting of Moroc wallpaper pattern, Moroc wallpaper,  Jack Lenor Larsen photograph, Larsen Retro fabric, Madeline’s studio image provided by Madeline Weinrib, Bedroom image provided by Madeline Weinrib & styled by Lili Diallo.

Comments

  1. I’ve been clicking reload all day waiting for this one! Loving some of the things I haven’t seen before – like that lavender silk charm carpet!

  2. JILL dryer commented:

    Absolutely stunning! She is smart, chic, amazingly talented and iconic. I love all of the images – and what a cool outfit!! Thumbs up to copyrights to protect original designs.

    • Thanks, Jill! So happy you stopped by and enjoyed the post… and I couldn’t agree more re: protecting original designs. You have the unique perspective of understanding the importance of this topic BOTH from your work as an artist and from the perspective of interior/product designers based on your many years at Architectural Digest. Thanks for weighing in!
      xo
      Krista

  3. What an incredible interview from an amazing talent! Her designs are truly unique and the colorways are always perfect. And for those who try to imitate her designs, they will never hit the mark. She is an original thinker and designer and a true tastemaker. Thanks for sharing with us Krista!

  4. Such an inspiration and so well put together. The most touching part is how she keeps pushing herself for her greatest design achievement even though she has already achieved so many “greatest” – crazy good motivation. Thanks for sharing Krista! xo, e

    • Thank you so much for commenting, Emily! I whole-heartedly agree with you, and love that revealing part of Madeline’s interview. I feel like often times it is the most talented people who never stop pushing themselves for something better, even if they are already the best!! Madeline is a prime example of this.
      xo
      Krista

  5. How amazing that House Beautiful included this interview in their Top 5 Blog Posts of the week?! Thank you, HB!
    xo
    Krista

    http://www.housebeautiful.com/decorating/best-sites/design-blogs-roundup-032913

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