Proust on Design

Bunny Williams

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What is your idea of perfect design happiness?
THE MOST WONDERFUL MOMENT TO ME IS SEEING THE THRILL OF A CLIENT SEEING A COMPLETED PROJECT AND HAVING THE FEELING THAT I HAVE FULFILLED THEIR DREAMS.

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What is your greatest fear in design?
I THINK PEOPLE ARE LOSING THEIR INDIVIDUALITY. BECAUSE OF SOCIAL MEDIA THERE’S A SAMENESS. PEOPLE SHOULD AWAYS HAVE THE FUN OF BEING ORIGINAL AND CREATIVE AND NOT LOOKING LIKE EVERYONE ELSE.

Which historical design figure(s) do you most identify with?
PAULINE DE ROTHSCHILD
FRANCES ELKINS
NANCY LANCASTER
MADELEINE CASTAING

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Which living designer(s) do you most admire?
AXEL VERVOORDT
FURLOW GATEWOOD
ROBERT KIME
JACQUES GRANGE

What profession other than design would you like to attempt?
I WOULD LIKE TO HAVE A NURSERY AND TAKE IN ABANDONED DOGS AND TRY TO FIND HOMES FOR THEM.

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What is your greatest design extravagance?
HAVING A GARDEN AND GREENHOUSE WHERE I CAN GROW FLOWERS SPECIFICALLY FOR MY HOME.

When and where were you happiest with your design?
MY NEW STUDIO IN CONNECTICUT.
I’VE NEVER HAD AN INSPIRING WORK SPACE OF MY OWN.

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What do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
I DON’T THINK I HAVE A GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT. I’VE WORKED VERY HARD OVER A VERY LONG PERIOD OF TIME TO GET BETTER AND BETTER AND BETTER.  I FEEL LIKE THE PROFESSIONAL ICE SKATER OR MARATHON RUNNER. YOU PRACTICE, YOU WORK AT IT, YOU DISCIPLINE YOURSELF AND YOU GET GOOD AT IT. YOU GAIN CONFIDENCE, YOU GAIN EXPERIENCE AND YOU GAIN KNOWLEDGE.

If you died and came back as another designer or design object,
who or what do you think it would be?
A WONDERFUL NEEDLEPOINT PILLOW I HAVE IN THE BARN IN THE COUNTRY THAT SAYS “THE MORE I KNOW ABOUT MEN, THE MORE I LOVE MY DOG.”

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What specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have?
I CAN DRAW, BUT I WISH I HAD THE TALENT OF ALBERT WHOSE INCREDIBLE WORKING DRAWINGS WERE PRETTY CLOSE TO HOW THE PROJECTS WERE CARRIED OUT.

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What is your most treasured design related possession?
A PAIR OF PAINTINGS THAT SHOW AN INTERIOR OF OUR LIVING ROOM WITH OUR FURNITURE AND OUR DOGS.

What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
CHILLY AND ALOOF WHITE ROOMS.

What curse word do you most frequently use?
JACK DANIELS.

What is your favorite design related word?
HARMONY OR TIMELESSNESS.

What is your least favorite design related word?
ECCLECTIC.

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What turns you on in design?
MY FAVORITE PERIOD OF FURNITURE IS STILL GREAT 18TH CENTURY ENGLISH FURNITURE.  THIS MAY NOT BE IN VOGUE AT THE MOMENT, BUT WHEN IT’S COMBINED WITH A VERY MODERN PIECE, ALL OF A SUDDEN THE OLD LOOKS NEW.  

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What turns you off in design?
WHEN FURNITURE IS PLACED ONLY AGAINST THE WALL IN A ROOM.

What is your motto in design?
DON’T BE INTIMIDATED BY YOUR POSSESSIONS.
AND, ALSO, DON’T FEEL THAT ANY ROOM IN YOUR HOME IS SO PRECIOUS THAT IT MUST BE SAVED FOR SPECIAL OCCASIONS. EVERY DAY OF YOUR LIFE IS SPECIAL.

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IMAGE CREDITS // Images provided by Bunny Williams

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 an interior 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 our previous Proust on Design questionnaires here.  

Vicente Wolf

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What is your idea of perfect design happiness?
A GOOD MARRIAGE BETWEEN SPECIAL CLIENTS THAT APPRECIATE
CREATIVITY AND DESIGN THAT ALLOW ME TO FULFILL THEIR WISHES AND DREAMS.

What is your greatest fear in design?
TO NOT BE RELEVANT.

Which historical design figure do you most identify with?
DAVID HICKS.

Which living designer do you most admire?
BELGIAN DESIGNER, AXEL VERVOORDT.

What profession other than design would you like to attempt?
THAT’S EASY, A PHOTOGRAPHER.

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What is your greatest design extravagance?
IN MY DESIGN I TRY TO GO FOR THE SUBTLE, NOT THE OBVIOUS.  SO, FOR ME EXTRAVAGANCE HAS TO DO MORE WITH OPEN SPACE, EXUBERANT LIGHTING AND PLENTY OF NATURAL LIGHT AND A BALANCE OF SCALE AND PROPORTION.

When and where were you happiest with your design?
I’M THE MOST HAPPY WHEN DESIGNING AND INSTALLING JOBS.  I LOVE SEEING MY VISION COME TO LIGHT – WHEN THE DEMOLITION STARTS + WHEN THE JOB IS INSTALLED.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
REINTERPRETING ALL IDEAS IN A NEW WAY LIKE LEANING MIRRORS AS WAS DONE IN THE EARLY 80’S.  LIKE OTTOMANS USED AS COFFEE TABLES.  MOSTLY BEING RELEVANT AFTER CLOSE TO 40 YEARS IN THE INDUSTRY.

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If you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be?
I WOULD LOVE TO COME BACK AS SOMEBODY WHO COULD ACHIEVE PEACE IN THE WORLD OR CURE TERMINAL DISEASES.  I DON’T THINK I WOULD WANT TO BE ANYONE ELSE DOING THAT.

What specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have?
I CAN’T SPELL, I HAVE A POOR MEMORY AND AM SURELY NOT COMPUTER PROFICIENT.

What is your most treasured design related possession?
THOUGH THEY DO NOT BELONG TO ME, THE STAFF WHO WORK FOR ME ARE MY MOST VALUABLE ASSET.  AND OF COURSE, MY SPECIAL CLIENTS.

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What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
I THINK IT’S A COMMON DENOMINATOR - TO HAVE CLIENTS THAT DO NOT RESPECT, TRUST OR UNDERSTAND ONE’S GIFT.

What curse word do you most frequently use?
TRUMP.

What is your favorite design related word?
SCALE.

What is your least favorite design related word?
CUTE.

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What turns you on in design?
GREAT CLIENTS, WONDERFUL SPACES, PEACE AND QUIET SO I CAN JUST CREATE.

What turns you off in design?
UNPROFESSIONAL DESIGNERS THAT HAVE NOT PAID THEIR DUES AND PURSUE CALLING THEMSELVES DESIGNERS.

What is your motto in design?
FOLLOW YOUR GUT.

CLOTH & KIND // Proust on Design with Vicente Wolf

ABOUT VICENTE WOLF ASSOCIATES // Acclaimed New York City-based designer, Vicente Wolf is known for his timeless, restrained and elegant aesthetic.  For more than three decades Vicente Wolf has fostered the global development of his brand through a simplicity-driven principle that infuses his many creative endeavors: interior design, photography, art collection and global travels. Always on the lookout for new ways in which to inspire the world of design, Wolf’s eye for detail has created a reputation for quality appreciated by his discerning client list, his peers in the design industry and his international partnerships with some of the world’s top luxury brands.  

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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.  

Betsy Burnham

what is your idea of perfect design happiness?
GOOD ARCHITECTURE, GREAT LIGHT, A HEALTHY BUDGET
AND A TRUSTING CLIENT.

what is your greatest fear in design?
TRENDINESS.

which historical design figure do you most identify with?
RALPH LAUREN.

which living designer do you most admire?
TOM SHEERER, JEFFREY BIHUBER,
AND MY DESIGN PARTNER, MAX HUMPHREY.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt?
I’D DEFINITELY BE WORKING IN THE FASHION INDUSTRY.

what is your greatest design extravagance?
BEAUTIFUL BEDDING, TEXTILES AND RUGS.

when and where were you happiest with your design?
I’M HAPPIEST RIGHT NOW! THERE’S SO MUCH GOING ON
AND EVEN MORE TO LOOK FORWARD TO.

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
I’M PRETTY PLEASED ABOUT BEING A PIONEER IN THE WORLD OF
WHAT’S COME TO BE KNOWN AS ‘E-DESIGN.’ MY INSTANT/SPACE
CONCEPT WAS THE FIRST OF ITS KIND, AND CONTINUES TO BE A
BUSY SEGMENT OF OUR BUSINESS TO THIS DAY.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object,
who or what do you think it would be?
A PIECE OF CONTEMPORARY ART. I’D CREATE CONVERSATION
AND DEBATE AND HOPEFULLY MAKE A FEW PEOPLE SMILE.

what specific design related talent are you lacking
that you would you most like to have?
I WISH I COULD SEW.

what is your most treasured design related possession?
THE ART I’VE COLLECTED OVER THE YEARS.

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

what curse word do you most frequently use?
WOW.
I DON’T REALLY CURSE THAT MUCH.

what is your favorite design related word?
CRISPY.

what is your least favorite design related word?
TRANSITIONAL.
IT’S THIS MADE UP WORD AND I DON’T GET IT.

what turns you on in design?
VINTAGE PIECES MIXED WITH MODERN ONES.
BOOKS ON BOOKSHELVES.

what turns you off in design?
WHEN PROFESSIONALS SAY ‘HEIGHTH’ INSTEAD OF ‘HEIGHT’,
AND ‘NITCH’ INSTEAD OF ‘NICHE.’
I ALSO CAN’T STAND CHENILLE.

what is your motto in design?
GOOD. FAST. CHEAP. PICK TWO.

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IMAGE CREDITS // Images provided by Betsy Burnham.

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.  

Brian Patrick Flynn

what is your idea of perfect design happiness?
DOING WHATEVER YOU WANNA DO TO YOUR HOME AS LONG AS IT MAKES YOU HAPPY, ACKNOWLEDGES THE ARCHITECTURE AND/OR HISTORY OF THE HOUSE OR BUILDING, ABIDES BY THE BASIC PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN, AND MAKES YOU EXCITED TO COME HOME.

what is your greatest fear in design?
I’M TERRIFIED OF CREATING SPACES THAT ARE CONSIDERED ‘SAFE’ OR ‘TEXTBOOK’; IT’S JUST NOT PART OF MY CONSTITUTION, AND I’D RATHER SELL SLANKETS, SNUGGIES OR SELFIE STICKS FROM A CALL CENTER THAN STICK TO THE STATUS QUO. 

which historical design figure do you most identify with?
THOMAS O'BRIEN.
ALTHOUGH HE'S YOUNG AND STILL KICKING IT BIG-TIME AND THEREFORE NOT NECESSARILY 'HISTORICAL' PER SE, HE'S AN ICON. I LOVE HIS MIX OF CLASSIC AND INDUSTRIAL PIECES AS WELL AS HIS SOMEWHAT CASUAL YET ELEGANT APPROACH TO LIVING. EVERYTHING HE DOES LOOKS COLLECTED AND WELL-CRAFTED AND THERE'S ALWAYS A MASCULINE VIBE AND THAT'S TOTALLY WHAT I'M DRAWN TO.

what turns you on in design?
RISK.

what turns you off in design?
MATCHING.

what is your greatest design extravagance?
ART.
REGARDLESS OF BUDGETS BIG OR SMALL, I’M ALWAYS A SUCKER FOR SPENDING ON GOOD ART. WHEN BUDGETS ARE TIGHT, I’LL BUY STUDENT WORKS, INVEST IN HAVING THEM PROFESSIONALLY FRAMED, THEN PAIR THEM WITH BARGAIN FURNITURE FINDS FROM IKEA AND/OR FLEA MARKETS. I THINK GOOD ART ELEVATES THE TASTE LEVEL OF EVERYTHING AROUND IT, AND IT’S AN AMAZING VALUE ENGINEERING TOOL.

which living designer do you most admire?
THREE-WAY TIE: BETSY BURNHAM, MATTHEW QUINN AND JOE LUCAS.
BETSY BURNHAM’S MAGICAL ABILITY TO CREATE PREPPY-ISH, CLASSIC AND EDGY SPACES THAT ARE BOTH CASUAL AND COMFORTABLE BLOWS MY MIND. MATTHEW QUINN’S KITCHENS AND BATHROOMS, I MEAN, THERE’S JUST NO WAY TO DESCRIBE THEM OTHER THAN SAYING MATTHEW’S IN A LEAGUE OF HIS OWN. JOE LUCAS HAS MASTERED THE TRANSITIONAL AESTHETIC, SO MUCH SO THAT I FREQUENTLY STALK HIS WEBSITE TO SEE IF HE'S POSTED ANY NEW PROJECTS.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt?
ICELANDIC AND GREENLANDIC OFFROADING TOUR GUIDE. PRETTY SPECIFIC, RIGHT? YEAH, I KNOW. I'M ABSOLUTELY OBSESSED WITH ICELAND AND GREENLAND AND LANDSCAPES THAT LOOK LIKE MARS KINDA. IN A PERFECT WORLD, I WOULD HAVE AN AMAZING ATTIC APARTMENT IN REYKJAVIK AND SPEND SEPTEMBER THROUGH DECEMBER TAKING PEOPLE OUT TO SEE THINGS THAT ARE OTHERWORLDLY.

when and where were you happiest with your design?
HGTV DREAM HOME 2016 IN MERRITT ISLAND, FLORIDA.
IT'S A 3300-SQUARE-FOOT LUXURY HOME ON THE WATER AND I REALLY REINVENTED WHAT FLORIDIAN STYLE MEANS TO ME. THIS IS PROBABLY THE LARGEST PROJECT I'VE EVEN DESIGNED AND I'M REALLY PROUD OF HOW IT'S TURNED OUT. IN FACT, THE ENTIRE HOUSE GOES LIVE ON HGTV.COM THIS WEEK. MY FAVORITE ROOM OF ALL IS THE TERRACE LEVEL BEDROOM WHICH IS SIMPLE AND COVERED IN WHITE WITH SPLASHES OF FRENCH BLUE THAT PICK UP IN THE SICK VIEW OUTSIDE THE WINDOW.

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
NOT HAVING ANY TASTE WHATSOEVER, GOOD OR BAD.
A LITTLE BAD TASTE CAN BE AWESOME AND THOUGHT-PROVOKING, JUST LIKE GREAT TASTE CAN BE INSPIRING AND MAGNIFICENT. BUT JUST NOT CARING WHAT YOUR HOME SAYS ABOUT YOU AT ALL, THAT I CAN’T GET MY HEAD AROUND. I SAY THIS AS I SIT IN MY OFFICE IN PAJAMAS, SPORTING A T-SHIRT STAINED WITH ICE CREAM AND WEARING A SOCK ON ONLY ONE FOOT…SO CONSIDERING THE SOURCE HERE IS KEY.

what is your favorite design related word?
TIE! PERPENDICULAR AND MONOCHROMATIC.

what is your least favorite design related word?
SWIRLY.

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
I’M REALLY PROUD OF MY RANGE.
I HAVE THIS OBSESSION WITH NEVER BEING A ONE-TRICK PONY AND THRIVE ON HAVING CLIENTS WITH COMPLETELY DIFFERENT STYLES SO I CAN CONSTANTLY FINE-TUNE MY AESTHETIC. AS A DESIGNER, I'M INHERENTLY MASCULINE AND PREPPY AND FAVOR DARK COLORS, BUT I'VE DONE TONS OF TRADITIONAL FEMININE SPACES, ENTIRE HOMES VOID OF COLOR, COTTAGES COVERED IN PASTELS, BACHELOR PADS PACKED WITH HIGH-ENERGY HUES, WHITE-ON-WHITE ROOMS AND EVEN CLASSIC COUNTRY HOMES.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object,
who or what do you think it would be?
AXEL VERVOORDT (ABOVE).
I WANT TO COME BACK AND DO NOTHING BUT DESIGN AND DECORATE CASTLES IN A MANNER THAT’S TOTALLY CASUAL, COMFY AND UN-CASTLE-ISH.

what specific design related talent are you lacking
that you would you most like to have?
SIMPLICITY.
I’M JUST NOT GOOD AT IT. I LIKE SO MANY THINGS THAT I FIND THE ART OF EDITING TOUGH ENOUGH, LET ALONE SCALING BACK SO MUCH THAT THERE ARE ONLY A HANDFUL OF OBJECTS IN A ROOM. I REALLY WANT TO LEARN TO EDIT MORE, LIKE BETH WEBB, BRIAN PAQUETTE OR KAY DOUGLASS.

what is your most treasured design related possession?
A POP ART PAINTING OF FISHER PRICE LITTLE PEOPLE BY ARTIST JONATHAN FENSKE (ABOVE). IT’S CALLED ‘CHIVALRY IS DEAD’ AND IT’S A LITTLE PLASTIC KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR RIDING ON HIS LITTLE PLASTIC HORSE AND IT JUST MAKES ME SO HAPPY WHICH IS TOTALLY MESSED UP BECAUSE IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE KINDA SAD. WTF?

what curse word do you most frequently use?
BELIEVE IT OR NOT THE CURSE WORD I USE MOST IS NOT EVEN A CURSE WORD PER SE, BUT JUST A WORD THAT SOMETIMES SOUNDS CURSE-Y: 'BALLZ'. THE PLURAL OF BALL BUT WITH A HARD Z INSTEAD OF AN S. TRY IT LIKE AFTER YOU STUB YOUR TOE OR SOMETHING; IT TOTALLY WORKS.

what is your motto in design?
ROSES ARE RED. VIOLETS ARE BLUE...
AND THEREFORE THERE IS NO REASON FOR YOUR HOME TO BE BEIGE.

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IMAGE CREDITS // Images provided by Brian Patrick Flynn except for the photo of Axel Vervoordt which is via Alto Magazine.

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.  
 

Kathryn M. Ireland

what is your idea of perfect design happiness?
NOTHING SHOUTING OUT IN THE ROOM.

what is your greatest fear in design? 
TOO MUCH MEDIOCRITY.

which living designer do you most admire? 
ROBERT KIME.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? 
THE TECH WORLD.

when and where were you happiest with your design?
NOW, I'VE GOT YEARS OF EXPERIENCE AND TONS OF ENERGY.

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? 
MY FIRST FABRIC COLLECTION. 

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

what specific design related talent are you lacking
that you would you most like to have? 
DRAWING TRUE TO SCALE.

what is your most treasured design related possession?
MY TAPE MEASURE.

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? 
USING ALL ONE COLOR.

what curse word do you most frequently use?
FUCK.

what is your favorite design related word?
REDO!

what is your least favorite design related word?
REPURPOSE.

what turns you on in design?
PERFECT PROPORTIONS.

what turns you off in design? 
PEOPLE WHO DONT LISTEN.

what is your motto in design?
GO WITH YOUR INSTINCTS.

 

IMAGE CREDITS // Images provided by Kathryn M. Ireland.

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.  

Mary Bergtold Mulcahy // Les Indiennes

what is your idea of perfect design happiness? 
WHEN I FINALLY FINISH PHOTOGRAPHING MY LATEST COLLECTION.

what is your greatest fear in design? 
ACTUALLY, I AM FEARLESS.  

which historical design figure do you most identify with? 
ELSIE DE WOLF.
'I BELIEVE IN PLENTY OF OPTIMISM AND WHITE PAINT.' 

which living designer do you most admire? 
INES BOESCH OF ZURICH SWITZERLAND.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? 
I WOULD LOVE TO WORK IN FILM AS A SET DESIGNER.

what is your greatest design extravagance? 
TEXTILES.

when and where were you happiest with your design?
WORKING IN INDIA DESIGNING WITH MY PARTNER, PITCHUKA SRINIVAS
AND THE BLOCKMAKER, GANGADHAR.

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design?
THE OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE JOBS TO OVER 50 ARTISANS
IN IN THE SMALL VILLAGE OF PEDANA, INDIA .  

if you died and came back as another designer or design object,
who or what do you think it would be? 
A BLANK SHEET OF PAPER.

what specific design related talent are you lacking
that you would you most like to have? 
THE  ABILITY TO DRAW.

what is your most treasured design related possession? 
A SIMPLE WHITE WOOD PIET HEIN EEK CHAIR.  

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
MAUVE AND TEAL.

what curse word do you most frequently use? 
THE F-WORD, UNFORTUNATELY.  

what is your favorite design related word? 
CUTE.

what is your least favorite design related word? 
OVERSTYLED.

what turns you on in design? 
A CHALLENGE OR AN IDEA THAT POPS IN MY HEAD OUT OF NOWHERE.

what turns you off in design? 
PRETENTIOUSNESS.

what is your motto in design? 
IMPERFECTION IS THE ESSENCE OF BEAUTY.  

Proust on Design with Mary Bergtold Mulcahy // Les Indiennes

IMAGE CREDITS // Images provided by Mary Bergtold Mulcahy of Les Indiennes.

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.  

Jeffrey Allan Marks

what is your idea of perfect design happiness? COMFORT, FIRST AND FOREMOST.

what is your greatest fear in design? TOO MANY ‘STATEMENT’ ITEMS IN ONE ROOM. THERE CAN’T BE TOO MANY ‘STARS’ IN THE SAME SPACE.

which historical design figure do you most identify with? MARK HAMPTON AND FRANCES ELKINS.

which living designer do you most admire? ALBERT HADLEY AND JOHN STEFANIDIS.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? BOY BAND SINGER.

what is your greatest design extravagance? CASHMERE FROM BRUNELLO CUCINELLI.

when and where are you happiest with your design? EARLY MORNING, WHEN A SPACE IS CALM.

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? MY RESTAURANT SPACES.

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

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? DRAWING.

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

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? BAD ‘EXISTING’ CLIENT RUGS.

what curse word do you most frequently use? I DON’T REALLY CURSE.

what is your favorite design related word? TAILORED.

what is your least favorite design related word? BUDGET.

what turns you on in design? CLIENTS WHO ARE CREATIVE AND OPEN MINDED.

what turns you off in design? CLIENTS WHO ARGUE.

what is your motto in design? MAKE IT MEAN SOMETHING!

 

IMAGE CREDITS | Images provided by Jeffrey Allan Marks.

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.

Neisha Crosland

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

 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.

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.

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

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.

 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.

// 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.

Stephanie Odegard

what is your idea of perfect design happiness? RICH COLOR COMBINATIONS THAT ARE SO DELICIOUS I COULD EAT THEM.

what is your greatest fear in design? HAVING LEARNED FROM EXPERIENCE, THAT IT WOULD BE TOO FAR AHEAD OF ITS TIME.

which historical design figure do you most identify with? MARIO FORTUNY. HE WAS INFLUENCED BY MANY OF THE SAME CULTURES THAT I WAS INFLUENCED BY, INCLUDING THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE AND EVERYTHING INDIAN.

which living designer do you most admire? THIERRY DESPONT. I LIKE THE WAY HE BLENDS ARCHITECTURE, INTERIOR DESIGN, NATURAL FLORA AND FAUNA WITH ART.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? TO BE A MUSICIAN OR A PAINTER.

what is your greatest design extravagance? HAND-WOVEN TEXTILES.

when and where were you happiest with your design? IN NEPAL, WHEN I SEE THE CARPET DESIGNS CREATED ON THE LOOMS.

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? MINIMALLY DESIGNED, HAND KNOTTED VEGETAL DYED CARPETS.

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

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? DRAWING SKILLS.

what is your most treasured design related possession? TRESSERA JEWELRY CHEST.

 what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? KNOWING THERE ARE BAD KNOCK-OFFS, USING CHILD LABOR.

what curse word do you most frequently use? I DON’T CURSE.

what is your favorite design related word? CURATED.

what is your least favorite design related word? FABULOUS.

what turns you on in design? ECLECTICISM USING DIFFERENT BEAUTIFUL HAND WOVEN TEXTILES IN THE MIX.

what turns you off in design? THE OFF GASSING FROM MACHINE MADE CARPETS IN NEW HOTEL ROOMS.

what is your motto in design? DYNAMIC DESIGN IS NOT LIMITED BY TRADITIONAL CRAFTS AND FAIR LABOR PRACTICES.

//IMAGE CREDITS | Images provided by Stephanie Odegard, Theirry Despont & Architectural Digest.

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.

Lulu deKwiatkowski

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!

//IMAGE CREDITS | All images provided by Lulu deKwiatkowski. Lulu's headshot taken by Amanda Marsalis.

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.

Christopher Farr

what is your idea of perfect design happiness? THE ULINE CATALOGUE.

what is your greatest fear in design? OVER DESIGN.

 which historical design figure do you most identify with? CARLO MOLLINO.

which living designer do you most admire? PAOLA NAVONE.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? STEEPLEJACK. A CRAFTSMAN WHO SCALES LARGE BUILDINGS.

what is your greatest design extravagance? BOOKS.

when and where were you happiest with your design? ST LUKE'S COLLEGE OXFORD LIBRARY CARPET (8' X 57').

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? ALWAYS WILLING TO TAKE RISKS.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be? A STANLEY AIRCRAFT ALUMINUM STAPLE GUN.

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? MODESTY.

what is your most treasured design related possession? THE NUMBER ONE EDITION OF GENTRY MAGAZINE. NO 1 WINTER 1951. TWO DOLLARS.

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

what curse word do you most frequently use? BOLLOCKS.

what is your favorite design related word? WELL BEHAVED.

what is your least favorite design related word? WELL BEHAVED.

what turns you on in design? COHERENCE.

what turns you off in design? INCOHERENCE.

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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.

Lee Kleinhelter

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what is your idea of perfect design happiness?

WHEN THE CONCEPT IS APPRECIATED & UNDERSTOOD.

what is your greatest fear in design?

BEING UNORIGINAL.

which historical design figure do you most identify with?

BILLY BALDWIN. LOVE THAT ERA OF DESIGN.

which living designer do you most admire?

THERE ARE LOTS. KELLY WEARSTLER, MILES REDD ARE A FEW.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what profession other than design would you like to attempt?

PHOTOGRAPHY.

what is your greatest design extravagance?

THE LUXURY OF BEING ABLE TO RECREATE, FORM A COMPLETELY NEW LOOK IN THE STORE OR A PIECE OF FURNITURE. THAT’S WHAT I LOVE TO DO, CONSTANTLY EDITING, RETHINKING AND RESTYLING.

when and where were you happiest with your design?

I’M HAPPIEST WHEN THE STORE OR A PROJECT IS COMPLETELY FINISHED AND EVERYTHING IS IN THE PERFECT SPOT, THEN THE STORY COMES TOGETHER.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design?

INSPIRING PEOPLE. WHEN PEOPLE COME INTO A SPACE WE’VE DESIGNED OR INTO PIECES, AND THEY SAY THEY’VE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE IT THAT MAKES DESIGN SCHOOL, WORKING FOR DESIGNERS AND THE LAST 9 YEARS OF HAVING A BRICK & MORTAR… WORTH IT.

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

HOW TO PICK? MY NON-DESIGN ANSWER WOULD BE RIDER. ENGLISH CREAM GOLDEN RETRIEVER THAT EMBARRASSINGLY ENOUGH GETS MORE ATTENTION THAN ANYTHING WE SELL.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would like most to have?
THE KNOWLEDGE OF AN ARCHITECT OR AN ENGINEER. MY HUSBAND IS A BUILDER AND WHEN WE MEET WITH ARCHITECTS IT’S FASCINATING HOW THEY KNOW HOW TO CREATE WHAT’S BEEN DESIGNED.

what is your most treasured design related possession?
THE WHITE LEATHER EAMES LOUNGE CHAIR & OTTOMAN IN OUR BEDROOM. IT’S SUBTLE, NOTHING FLASHY. I LOVE THE STYLE, THE HISTORY, AND COMBINING THE CRISP WHITE MATERIAL WITH ITS ORIGINAL WOOD FRAME. IT ALSO SITS IN A POSITION YOU CAN SEE FROM ALL ANGLES IN OUR HOME.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?
A SPACE OR ROOM WHERE EVERYTHING IS THE SAME, HAS BEEN BOUGHT AS A MATCHING SET, WITH NO DEPTH, LAYERS OR TEXTURES.

what curse word do you most frequently use?
NOW THAT MY 3 YEAR OLD PICKS UP ON EVERY SINGLE WORD WE SAY I’VE TRIED TO TONE DOWN THE CURSING, THOUGH NOT ALWAYS SUCCESSFULLY. HE RECENTLY POINTED OUT TO ME THAT STUPID IS NOT NICE, HE’S RIGHT. I THINK I WAS SAYING SOMETHING ALONG THE LINES OF ‘THAT’S SO STUPID’ ABOUT A THING I HAD DONE. I DEFINITELY SAY A LOT OF ‘WHAT THE HELL…?’ & ‘OH MY GOD’.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

what is your favorite design related word?
WELL EDITED.

what is your least favorite design related word?
TRENDY.

what turns you on in design?
ORDER, THE UNEXPECTED, THINKING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX.

what turns you off in design?
ANYTHING BLATANTLY COPYING SOMEONE ELSE’S DESIGN.

what is your motto in design?
BE UNIQUE.

Proust on Design: Lee Kleinhelter | CLOTH & KIND

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.

Annie Selke

Proust on Design: Annie Selke | CLOTH & KIND

what is your idea of perfect design happiness? THE MOST SATISFYING MOMENT IS WHEN YOU SEE THE SYNERGY OR SHARED ENERGY BETWEEN THE VARIOUS ELEMENTS COMING TOGETHER IN SOMETHING AS GOOD OR BETTER THAN YOU ORIGINALLY CONCEIVED OF IT.

 what is your greatest fear in design? I DON’T REALLY HAVE ANY SPECIFIC FEAR AROUND DESIGN. IT IS SUCH AN ITERATIVE PROCESS, YOU CAN ALWAYS BACK UP A FEW STEPS AND WORK TOWARD CREATING WHAT IT IS YOU WANTED.

which historical design figure do you most identify with? NANCY LANCASTER, CHANEL, JOHN FOWLER.

Proust on Design: Annie Selke | CLOTH & KIND

which living designer do you most admire? BUNNY WILLIAMS, MICHAEL SMITH, AND VICTORIA HAGAN.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? ART HISTORIAN, COWGIRL.

 what is your greatest design extravagance? ART AND ANTIQUES.

when and where were you happiest with your design? I HAVE ALWAYS ENJOYED CREATING MY OWN LIVING SPACES.

Proust on Design: Annie Selke | CLOTH & KIND

 what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? BRINGING AN ENORMOUS NUMBER OF WELL-DESIGNED PRODUCTS TO AN ENORMOUS NUMBER OF PEOPLE AT AN ACCESSIBLE  PRICE LEVEL.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be? I WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK AS AN AMAZING ORIENTAL RUG THAT MOVES TO AND FROM FANTASTICALLY INTERESTING LIVING ROOMS AROUND THE GLOBE, WHERE I COULD WATCH AND LISTEN TO ALL THE THINGS THAT HAPPENED IN THOSE SPACES. PLUS, GREAT RUGS ARE NEVER TOSSED; THEY ARE PASSED DOWN OR SOLD TO OTHER FABULOUS HOUSES!

Proust on Design: Annie Selke | CLOTH & KIND

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? I WOULD LOVE TO BE ABLE TO PAINT & RENDER THE DESIGNS THAT APPEAR IN MY HEAD BY HAND, BUT I DON’T DRAW VERY WELL.

what is your most treasured design related possession? THE PAINTINGS THAT HUNG IN MY MOTHER’S HOUSE AND A PAIR OF ROSE QUARTZ ELEPHANTS.

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? STRIP MALLS, FAUX COLONIAL ANYTHING, THE A-FRAME.

what curse word do you most frequently use? SHIT & MOTHERFUCKA SEEM TO BE THE MOST OFTEN UTTERED.

what is your favorite design related word? JUXTAPOSE.

Proust on Design: Annie Selke | CLOTH & KIND

what is your least favorite design related word? CURATED.

what turns you on in design? THE PROCESS AND SEEING IT ALL COME TOGETHER —THE THRILL OF THE HUNT.

what turns you off in design? PRETENTION AND TACKINESS.

what is your motto in design? DON’T OVERTHINK IT.

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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.

Kelly Wearstler

Proust on Design: Kelly Wearstler | CLOTH & KIND

what is your idea of perfect design happiness? ANYTHING THAT TELLS A GREAT STORY.

Proust on Design: Kelly Wearstler | CLOTH & KIND

what is your greatest fear in design? OVERDESIGN.

which historical design figure do you most identify with? JOSEF HOFFMANN.

Proust on Design: Kelly Wearstler | CLOTH & KIND

which living designer do you most admire? THERE ARE SEVERAL… JACQUES GRANGE, PETER MARINO, JEAN-LOUIS DENIOT TO NAME A FEW.

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

what is your greatest design extravagance? TAKING A RISK .

when and where were you happiest with your design? THE MOMENT I BRING A CLIENT’S VISION TO FRUITION.

Proust on Design: Kelly Wearstler | CLOTH & KIND

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? LEARNING TO BE A GREAT LISTENER.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be? TO BE IMMORTALIZED AS SCULPTURE.

Proust on Design: Kelly Wearstler | CLOTH & KIND

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? BEING ABLE TO DRAW BEAUTIFULLY.

Proust on Design: Kelly Wearstler | CLOTH & KIND

what is your most treasured design related possession? A PAINTING BY VICTOR VASARELY (MY FAVORITE ARTIST) PAINTING THAT HANGS IN MY BEDROOM.

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? A LOOK THAT’S ONE NOTE - WHERE EVERYTHING COMES FROM THE SAME DESIGNER OR ERA. I LOVE A MIX OF SCALE, PERIOD AND TEXTURE.

what curse word do you most frequently use? FUCK!

what is your favorite design related word? RAW AND REFINED.

Proust on Design: Kelly Wearstler | CLOTH & KIND

what is your least favorite design related word? RETRO, KITSCH, WHIMSY.

what turns you on in design? TAKING RISKS.

what turns you off in design? FOLLOWING TRENDS.

what is your motto in design? TAKE RISKS. LOVE COLOR.

Proust on Design: Kelly Wearstler | CLOTH & KIND

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IMAGE CREDITS | All images courtesy of Kelly Wearstler, and via her Instagram feed. Josef Hoffman image courtesy of Apartment Therapy.

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.

Angie Hranowsky

Proust on Design: Angie Hranowsky | CLOTH & KIND

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.

Proust on Design: Angie Hranowsky | CLOTH & KIND

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.

Proust on Design: Angie Hranowsky | CLOTH & KIND

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.

Proust on Design: Angie Hranowsky | CLOTH & KIND

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.

Proust on Design: Angie Hranowsky | CLOTH & KIND

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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.

Laura Kirar

Proust on Design: Laura Kirar | CLOTH & KIND

what is your idea of perfect design happiness? BEING SURROUNDED BY NATURE, ENVIRONMENTS AND OBJECTS THAT INSPIRE WONDER.

what is your greatest fear in design? FEAR ITSELF.

which historical design figure do you most identify with? EILEEN GRAY.

which living designer do you most admire? MAYA ROMANOFF FOR HIS TALENT, INNOVATIONS AND PERSEVERANCE.

Proust on DesLaura Kirar | CLOTH & KIND

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

what is your greatest design extravagance? RESTORING MY HACIENDA IN THE YUCATAN.

when and where were you happiest with your design? WHEREVER I AM IN THE DESIGN PROCESS - BEING IN THE PRESENT.

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? THAT I EVOLVE AS AN ARTIST AND CONTINUE TO PRODUCE NEW RELEVANT WORK.

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

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? BETTER TIME MANAGEMENT.

what is your most treasured design related possession? MY SAPPHO CUFF BY LORAE RUSSO. IT'S THE PERFECT COMBINATION OF NATURE, STRENGTH AND SENSUALITY.

Proust on Design: Laura Kirar | CLOTH & KIND

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? DISPOSABLE DESIGN. INJECTION MOULDED PLASTICS AND OTHER “LANDFILL WAITING TO HAPPEN”.

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

what is your favorite design related word? ELEGANT.

what is your least favorite design related word? ECLECTIC – REALLY WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

what turns you on in design? LONGEVITY.

what turns you off in design? TRENDINESS.

what is your motto in design? BETTER TO CREATE ONE INCREDIBLE THING IN 10 DAYS THAN 10 MEDIOCRE THINGS IN ONE.

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IMAGE CREDITS | Laura Kirar photographed by Soohang LeeMaya Romanoff, Lorae Russo.

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.

Babi Ahluwalia

Proust on Design: Babi Ahluwalia | CLOTH & KIND

what is your idea of perfect design happiness? TO ENVISION AN IDEA OR SOMETHING IN MY MIND AND THEN BE ABLE TO FIND THE RESOURCES TO EXECUTE IT. PERFECTION WOULD BE FINALLY SEEING THAT THE APPLICATION OF MY IDEA HAS EXCEEDED MY INITIAL VISION FROM ITS CONCEPTION.

what is your greatest fear in design? I HAVE NO FEAR IN DESIGN.

which historical design figure do you most identify with? MAHARAJA OF PATIALA. THE REGALITY OF HIS AURA, AND IN ESSENCE, ALL THE ROYALS FROM INDIA, IS AWE INSPIRING.

which living designer do you most admire? OSCAR DE LA RENTA BECAUSE OF HIS TIMELESS STYLES AND SUCCESSFUL LONGEVITY.

Proust on Design: Babi Ahluwalia | CLOTH & KIND

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? SOMETHING IN THE CREATIVE FIELD SUCH AS ADVERTISING OR CALLIGRAPHY.

what is your greatest design extravagance? MY PROCLIVITY TO TRAVEL AROUND THE GLOBE FOR INSPIRATION.

when and where were you happiest with your design? IT’S HARD TO PICK ONE MOMENT. AS LONG AS I AM DOING WHAT I LOVE MORNING, NOON, AND NIGHT, I WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY.

Proust on Design: Babi Ahluwalia | CLOTH & KIND

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? MY TWO STORES IN NEW YORK. ANKASA MADISON AND ANKASA SOHO.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be? A TOOL USED TO EXPRESS SOMEONE’S CREATIVITY - AN EASEL, OR BRUSH OR PENCIL.

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? A DEEPER UNDERSTANDING OF THE FORM OF DESIGN WOULD HELP SHAPE MY OVERALL UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A DESIGNER.

what is your most treasured design related possession? MY MOST TREASURED POSSESSIONS AREN’T TANGIBLE OBJECTS BUT RATHER TRAITS THAT I HOLD DEAR SUCH AS MY KEEN EYE AND MY ABILITY TO VISUALIZE THINGS.

Proust on Design: Babi Ahluwalia | CLOTH & KIND

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? KNOCK-OFFS.

what curse word do you most frequently use? BLEEP! BLEEP! BLEEP! (I KNOW HOW TO USE THE F--- WORD).

what is your favorite design related word? ANKASA IT! (USED AS A VERB).

Proust on Design: Babi Ahluwalia | CLOTH & KIND

what is your least favorite design related word? PRICING!

what turns you on in design? ALL THE MYSTERY THAT IS INVOLVED IN CREATING AND THE INFINITE POSSIBILITIES THAT LAY AHEAD.

what turns you off in design? NOTHING REALLY!

what is your motto in design? WHEN I’M WORKING WITH MY TEAM MY FAVORITE SAYING IS “KEEP IT RELEVANT".

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IMAGE CREDITS | via Ankasa and Sachin + Babi. Oscar de la Renta photo via Zaid Hamid.

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.

Timothy Corrigan

Proust on Design: Timothy Corrigan | CLOTH & KIND

what is your idea of perfect design happiness? A WELL-PROPORTIONED ROOM WITH PLENTY OF NATURAL LIGHT AND A CLIENT WITH A GOOD BUDGET WHO SAYS: “AMAZE ME!”

Proust on Design: Timothy Corrigan | CLOTH & KIND

what is your greatest fear in design? PLASTIC-COVERED FURNITURE… I SAW SOME IN A FRIEND’S HOME IN COLLEGE AND HAVE NEVER GOTTEN OVER IT!

which historical design figure do you most identify with? JEAN-CHARLES MOREUX DID IT ALL. HE WAS AN ARCHITECT, HE DESIGNED INTERIORS, HE CREATED FURNITURE AND HE DID LANDSCAPE DESIGN. A TRUE RENAISSANCE MAN.

Proust on Design: Timothy Corrigan | CLOTH & KIND

which living designer do you most admire? NEW YORK DESIGN ICON VICENTE WOLF HAS BEEN A GREAT INSPIRATION.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? I WOULD LOVE TO BE A LANDSCAPE ARCHITECT. WHAT A JOY IT MUST BE TO INTEGRATE SPACE, SHAPE AND FORM WITH THE MOST WONDERFUL OF ALL MATERIALS - TREES, SHRUBS, AND FLOWERS.

what is your greatest design extravagance? MY PORTRAIT COLLECTION. I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED PORTRAIT PAINTINGS BECAUSE THEY HAVE THEIR OWN KIND OF ICONOGRAPHY THAT TELLS YOU ABOUT THE TIME AND PLACE THAT THE PERSON IN THE PORTRAIT LIVED.

Proust on Design: Timothy Corrigan | CLOTH & KIND

when and where were you happiest with your design? MY PLACE IN THE FRENCH COUNTRYSIDE, THE CHATEAU DU GRAND-LUCÉ. I PURCHASED THE CHATEAU IN 2004 THEN UNDERTOOK ITS MASSIVE RESTORATION AND DECORATION, BRINGING IT BACK TO ITS FULL GLORY. IT DOESN’T MATTER WHAT I AM DOING THERE - PULLING WEEDS, FEEDING THE SWANS, OR WALKING IN THE WOODS - THIS IS THE PLACE WHERE I FIND THE TRUE MEANING OF JOY.

Proust on Design: Timothy Corrigan | CLOTH & KIND

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? I HAVE SO LOVED THE DEVELOPMENT OF MY NEW LINE OF FABRICS AND FURNITURE FOR SCHUMACHER AS WELL AS CARPETS FOR PATTERSON, FLYNN & MARTIN THAT ARE ALL COMING OUT NEXT SPRING.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be? EMILIO TERRY WAS AN INCREDIBLE TASTEMAKER WHO NEVER REALLY RECEIVED GREAT FAME. I WOULD LIKE TO COME BACK AS HIM TO INSURE HE ACHIEVES THE LEVEL OF NOTORIETY HE DESERVES.

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? GOOD HANDWRITING AND THE ABILITY TO SKETCH WELL… WHEN IT COMES TO A PEN OR PENCIL, I AM SEVERELY CHALLENGED!

what is your most treasured design related possession? A SMALL SILVER AND VERMEIL BOX WITH ENAMEL AND PORCELAIN THAT WAS GIVEN BY EMPRESS ELIZABETH ("SISI”) OF AUSTRIA TO HER NIECE, MY GREAT, GREAT GRANDMOTHER. IT’S FILLED WITH AN ODD COLLECTION OF SMALL MEMENTOS FROM MY FAMILY AND CHILDHOOD, LIKE THE FIRST STARFISH I EVER FOUND AND SOME OLD KEYS TO THE STABLES AT MY GRANDMOTHER’S HOUSE. IT HAS BEEN WITH ME THROUGH TODAY AND SERVES AS A KIND OF TOUCHSTONE.

Proust on Design: Timothy Corrigan | CLOTH & KIND

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? CLOSED MINDED PEOPLE WITH NO DESIRE TO GROW OR LEARN. IT’S SO IMPORTANT TO ALWAYS BE OPEN TO NEW IDEAS AND WAYS OF LOOKING AT THINGS… THAT’S WHEN MAGIC HAPPENS IN DESIGN, AS IN LIFE!

what curse word do you most frequently use? I AM EMBARRASSED TO SAY IT, BUT IT WOULD HAVE TO BE “WHAT THE FU-CK?...YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING ME!”

what is your favorite design related word? ELEGANT

Proust on Design: Timothy Corrigan | CLOTH & KIND

what is your least favorite design related word? DELICIOUS OR FABULOUS… REALLY, WHAT SELF-RESPECTING PERSON WOULD UTTER SUCH SILLINESS?

what turns you on in design? HAVING NUMEROUS OPPORTUNITIES TO TRY NEW AND DIFFERENT THINGS. I ALSO LOVE THE CHALLENGE OF TAKING ARCHITECTURE FROM AN EARLIER TIME, IN WHICH PEOPLE LIVED VERY DIFFERENTLY AND THEN FIGURING OUT HOW TO APPROPRIATELY UPDATE THAT STRUCTURE FOR THE WAY WE LIVE AND WORK TODAY.

what turns you off in design? OH, WHERE DOES ONE BEGIN HERE? 1. I AM SO OVER IKAT THAT I COULD SCREAM. 2. I HATE ROOMS THAT LOOK LIKE THEY JUST CAME DELIVERED FROM A SHOW ROOM. 3. I DON’T UNDERSTAND MOST OF THE PLASTIC FURNITURE FROM THE 70’S… IT WAS CHEAP THEN AND HASN’T IMPROVED WITH AGE.

what is your motto in design? COMFORTABLE ELEGANCE. I TRY TO CREATE ENVIRONMENTS WHERE PEOPLE FEEL AT HOME AND WELCOME. COMFORT IS THE KEY INGREDIENT.

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IMAGE CREDITS | Images courtesy of Timothy Corrigan, Architectural Digest, Vulgare & OperaGloves.

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.

India Hicks

Proust on Design: India Hicks | CLOTH & KIND

what is your idea of perfect design happiness? IS THERE SUCH A THING? A PERFECTLY POOFED PINK SOFA FREE OF DOG HAIR AND OREO COOKIE STAINS WOULD DO ME JUST FINE.

what is your greatest fear in design? THAT I WAKE UP ONE MORNING AND FIND THE ANISH KAPOOROLYMPIC TOWER IN MY GARDEN. ANISH IS A CLOSE FRIEND AND BRILLIANT ARTIST BUT GOOD GOD THAT THING IS HIDEOUS.

which historical design figure do you most identify with? WELL HAVING DAVID HICKS AS YOUR FATHER CERTAINLY MEANS HE IS IN MY DNA. QUITE LITERALLY.

which living designer do you most admire? KELLY WEARSTLER. NOT BECAUSE I WOULD NECESSARILY WANT TO LIVE IN ONE OF HER INTERIORS BUT BECAUSE SHE HAS GUTS, DRIVE, DETERMINATION AND ABOVE ALL HER OWN POINT OF VIEW. SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL HARD WORKING WOMAN WHO HAS MADE IT ON HER OWN AND IS A MOTHER ON TOP OF ALL THAT.

Proust on Design: India Hicks | CLOTH & KIND

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? I WOULD LIKE TO EDIT A MAGAZINE. I LIKE LONG HOURS, I LIKE A CHALLENGE, I LIKE DEADLINES BUT MOST OF ALL I LIKE BEAUTIFULLY LAID OUT PAGES OF GOOD DESIGN COUPLED WITH INTERESTING FACT.

what is your greatest design extravagance? I DON’T HUGELY OVER SPEND WHEN IT COMES TO DESIGN OR INTERIORS, PROBABLY LESS SO THAN MOST, BUT WE DO HAVE HUNDREDS OF COFFEE TABLE BOOKS. A GREAT INDULGENCE BECAUSE YOU REALLY NEVER READ THE COPY YOU ONLY FLEETINGLY GLIMPSE AT A WORD OR TWO.

when and where were you happiest with your design? RIGHT NOW. RIGHT THIS MINUTE IN MY PALE PINK OFFICE ON A BAHAMAIN SPRING DAY KNOWING THAT MY COLLECTION FOR HSN EXCEEDED ALL OUR EXPECTATIONS AND SALES GOALS. AM I ALLOWED TO BOAST ABOUT THAT?

Proust on Design: India Hicks | CLOTH & KIND

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? MY WEBSITE! IT’S A HUGE PROJECT AND ENORMOUS COMMITMENT. BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS GO INTO IT. FEW PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT IT TAKES FROM A PERSONAL AND FINANCIAL COMMITMENT TO KEEP AN ECOMMERCE SITE MOVING FORWARD.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be? A SMYTHSON LEATHER BOUND PHOTO ALBUM IN THE HICKS FLINT WOOD HOUSEHOLD. MY CHILDREN LOVE THEIR SCRAP BOOKS FILLED WITH PHOTOS, NOTES, LETTERS, AND MEMORABILIA. LOVING CHERISHED AND LOOKED AFTER.

Proust on Design: India Hicks | CLOTH & KIND

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? THE ACCOUNTING SIDE OF A DESIGN PROJECT!

what is your most treasured design related possession? MY IPHONE CAMERA. I RECORD EVERYTHING – TEXTURES, COLOURS, MOODS.

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? A HORRIBLE CLIENT.

what curse word do you most frequently use? I HAVE SEVERAL. THEY ARE ALL VERY EFFECTIVE.

Proust on Design: India Hicks | CLOTH & KIND

what is your favorite design related word? PERFECT.

what is your least favorite design related word? ICON.

what turns you on in design? FORM AND FUNCTION.

what turns you off in design? ANYTHING OVER-PRICED. A CHAIR, A CARPENTER, A CAN OF PAINT.

 what is your motto in design? “GOOD TASTE AND DESIGN ARE BY NO MEANS DEPENDENT UPON MONEY.” MY FATHER WROTE THIS INTO MY LITTLE AUTOGRAPH BOOK WHEN I WAS SEVEN. I DID NOT HAVE A CLUE WHAT IT MEANT.

Proust on Design: India Hicks | CLOTH & KIND

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IMAGE CREDITS | Images courtesy of India Hicks, her Facebook page & Instagram. Kelly Wearstler image via Instagram.

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.

Susan Bartlett Crater

Proust on Design: Susan Bartlett Crater | CLOTH & KIND

what is your idea of perfect design happiness?

susan | WHEN I WALK IN TO A ROOM AND FEEL LIKE I AM GOING TO HAVE A GOOD TIME THERE. WHETHER JUST TO SIT QUIETLY AND READ A BOOK OR HAVE A DINNER PARTY FOR 12. IT’S A VIBE OF COMFORT, BEAUTY AND IMAGINATION COMBINED.

what is your greatest fear in design?

susan | THAT THINGS LOOK “WISPY’ WAS ONE OF MY GRANDMOTHER’S MOST NEGATIVE COMMENTS. SHE DID NOT LIKE “WISPY” CURTAINS, COLORS OR ANYTHING WITHOUT SOUL OR HEART. IT ALSO IMPLIES A ROOM IS NOT WELL LOVED.

which historical design figure do you most identify with?

susan | MY GRANDMOTHER SISTER PARISH.

Proust on Design: Susan Bartlett Crater | CLOTH & KIND

which living designer do you most admire?

susan | I LIKE MANY PEOPLE WORKING NOW. MARKHAM ROBERTSJEFFREY BILHUBER, LIBBY CAMERONKATIE RIDDER IN THE NORTH EAST. CATHY KINCAID IN THE SOUTH. RUTHIE SUMMERS, LUCAS STUDIO AND RAMEY CAULKINS IN THE WEST. I LOVE WHAT MY MOTHER APPLE BARTLETT DOES WITH HER  FANTASTIC COLLAGES AND HER STORE.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt?

susan | I USED TO BE A LAWYER SO THIS IS MY SECOND CAREER. ARTIST PROBABLY - I LOVE COLLAGE, DECOUPAGE, PAINTING.

what is your greatest design extravagance?

susan | FRESH FLOWERS ALL OF THE TIME.

when and where were you happiest with your design?

susan | AT OUR HOUSE IN MAINE, WHICH USED TO BE MY GRANDMOTHERS.

Proust on Design: Susan Bartlett Crater | CLOTH & KIND

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design?

susan | STARTING SISTER PARISH DESIGN.

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

susan | MAYBE AN ANTIQUE GARDEN ORNAMENT OR FOLLY SO I COULD BE IN A GARDEN ALL OF THE TIME - PREFERABLY NEAR THE OCEAN.

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have?

susan | A BETTER KNOWLEDGE OF FURNITURE.

what is your most treasured design related possession?
susan | A  GIGANTIC VICTORIAN BIRDCAGE MY GANDMOTHER GAVE ME TO MAKE INTO A DOLL HOUSE WHEN I WAS 12.

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

susan | ROOMS THAT LOOK LIKE CRATE AND BARREL CATALOGUES.

what curse word do you most frequently use?

susan | SHIT.

what is your favorite design related word?

susan | PRETTY.

what is your least favorite design related word? 

susan | EDITED.

what turns you on in design?

susan | COLOR, IMAGINATION AND COMFORT.

Proust on Design: Susan Bartlett Crater | CLOTH & KIND

what turns you off in design?

susan | LACK OF THE ABOVE.

what is your motto in design?

susan | OUR COMPANY MOTTO , WHICH IS SOMETHING MY GRANDMOTHER SAID “IN DESIGN, INNOVATION IS THE ABILITY TO REACH INTO THE PAST AND TAKE WHAT IS GOOD, WHAT IS USEFUL AND WHAT IS LASTING.”

Proust on Design: Susan Bartlett Crater | CLOTH & KIND

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IMAGE CREDITS | Images courtesy of Sister Parish Design & Lonny's November 2012 issue (check it out for an excellent article on the three generations of women in Sister Parish's family)

ABOUT SISTER PARISH DESIGN | Susan Bartlett Crater, granddaughter of the legendary interior decorator “Sister” Parish, was bemoaning the state of decorating with kindred spirit Libby Cameron, Parish’s last apprentice, when they realized, in Cameron’s words, “…that everything had gotten too white and beige.”  In 2000, Susan and Libby teamed up to create Sister Parish Design, which offers fabric and wallpapers from Mrs. Parish’s archives and that of her venerable design firm Parish-Hadley. Susan and Libby’s goal was to resurrect the prints and colors that Sister loved. The resulting collection embodies the charm, warmth and flair of her signature style. From a tidy pattern of dots to a star spangled trellis design, Sister Parish Design fabrics and wallpapers carry on a tradition of the “Parish Hadley” style, of timeless patterns that represent an eclectic mix of materials-both traditional and modern.

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 specific column, we have put a design related spin on the traditional questions. While this method of questioning 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).

Proust on Design alumni include Anne Maxwell Foster & Suysel dePedro Cunningham of Tilton Fenwick | Madeline Weinrib | Todd Nickey & Amy Kehoe of Nickey Kehoe | Michelle Nussbaumer | Serena Dugan of Serena & Lily | John Robshaw | Mally Skok | Katie Leede | Peter Dunham | Seema Krish | Zak Profera | ZAK+FOX