what is your idea of perfect design happiness? WHEN I SEE COLORS AND SHAPES THAT ALL WORK TOGETHER IN HARMONY, MUCH SO THAT I WANT TO POSSESS THEM OR MAKE THEM PART OF ME, LIKE BUTTER MELTING ON TOAST.
what is your greatest fear in design? A RULER, STRUCTURE, TOO MUCH PERFECTION.
which historical design figure do you most identify with? GAUGUIN.
which living designer do you most admire? JEFFREY BILHUBER.
what profession other than design would you like to attempt? SWIM COMPETITION.
what is your greatest design extravagance? MY HANDWRITTEN BOOK OF COLLAGES ABOUT MY LIFE, LULU.
when and where were you happiest with your design? WHEN I WAS DOING MY BOOK LULU.
what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? MY BOOK, LULU…SORRY TO BE REDUNDANT.
if you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be? BEETHOVEN WITH HEARING.
what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? OLD MASTERS.
what is your most treasured design related possession? A BRIGHT PINK ANTIQUE INDIAN TEXTILE THAT MY BROTHER GAVE ME FOR MY MARRIAGE.
what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? FAKE OR DRIED FLOWERS.
what curse word do you most frequently use? SHIT.
what is your favorite design related word? COOL.
what is your least favorite design related word? CHIC.
what turns you on in design? GOOD USE OF COLOR, INCLUDING NEUTRALS AND ORGANIC HUES.
what turns you off in design? BAD COLOR COMBOS.
what is your motto in design? KEEP SMILING AND IT WILL COME TO YOU!
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.