Here, we ask designers to take a selfie and give us an inside look at their life.
Occupation: Founder of Laine + Alliage
Studio location: Brooklyn
Describe what you make: I design luxury textiles and soft goods, including one-of-a-kind pillows, ottomans, hand-painted organza panels, silk kimonos in the works, and more to come!
The most important thing you’ve designed to date: Laine + Alliage is still pretty young—we’re officially in our second year of business. But we’ve had the chance to work on fun custom pillow projects. We did two celebrity homes, which I personally got a kick out of.
Describe the problem your work solves: I bring a more personal touch to the creation of soft goods, working closely with clients to design beautiful, one-of-a-kind pieces. My aesthetic is also a bit more feminine and delicate. Maybe that comes from my time working in couture.
Describe the project you are working on now: I’m excited to be developing more Laine + Alliage products like these hand-painted silk organza panels that will debut at the Architectural Digest Design Show this week.
A new or forthcoming project we should know about: We will be exposing some new pieces at an offsite show for Milan Design Week. Opening cocktail is April 9. Stay tuned for details!
What you absolutely must have in your studio: Good music, sunlight, and lots of plants.
What you do when you’re not working: I love to travel—it’s what inspires me most. If I’m stuck in New York and not working (very rare), I cook or take a dance class.
Sources of creative envy: Dimore Studio, Constantin Brancusi, Apparatus, de Ggournay, the early days of couture (YSL, Chanel, Dior), Merce Cunningham and Martha Graham choreography, Picasso.
The distraction you want to eliminate: My iPhone! I’m pretty good about not watching TV, but I’m constantly on my phone.
Concrete or marble? Marble. The colors and pattern variations blow my mind.
High-rise or townhouse? High-rise with a nice rooftop.
Remember or forget? Remembering to not forget. It’s difficult sometimes.
Aliens or ghosts? Good ghosts.
Dark or light? Natural light gently kissing dark, rich colors.