what is your idea of perfect design happiness? WHEN I’M IN THE MOMENT AND MY MIND IS RACING WITH IDEAS.
what is your greatest fear in design? I TRY NOT TO GET CAUGHT UP IN FEAR. I CHOOSE TO TRUST IN MY ABILITY AND KEEP MY MIND AND HEART OPEN.
which historical design figure do you most identify with? GIO PONTI.
which living designer do you most admire? MURIEL BRANDOLINI. SHE’S BRILLIANT.
what profession other than design would you like to attempt? ARCHITECT.
what is your greatest design extravagance? DESIGNING FOR MYSELF.
when and where were you happiest with your design? ANYTIME I HAVE A JOB AND A CLIENT THAT CHALLENGES AND INSPIRES ME AND ALLOWS ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX.
what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? CHOOSING TO FOLLOW MY HEART AND MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM GRAPHIC DESIGN TO PURSUE INTERIOR DESIGN... AND CONTINUING TO BUILD ON MY SUCCESS OF THAT DREAM.
if you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be? A CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI SCULPTURE.
what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? THE ABILITY TO DRAW ARCHITECTURAL PLANS.
what is your most treasured design related possession? MY COLLECTION OF ARTWORK AND POTTERY.
what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? THE LACK OF INSPIRATION IN DESIGNING FOR THE MASSES.
what curse word do you most frequently use? FUCK.
what is your favorite design related word? MODERNISM.
what is your least favorite design related word? GLAMOUR.
what turns you on in design? NONCONFORMITY.
what turns you off in design? UNORIGINALITY.
what is your motto in design? BE AUTHENTIC.
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.