I met Kelly Wearstler a few years back, her line of textiles for Schumacher debuted at the same time my line did. She’s a charming woman, and while I may not always want to live in the rooms she designs (which is fortuitous since I could scarcely afford them), I admire her exuberance. To suggest she pushes the envelope in design doesn’t quite describe her style – unless you’re got a terribly large mailbox. I think of her as equal parts Salvatore Dali, Dorothy Draper, and Christian Lacroix… all of whom I love.
“Artisanal” is a term bantered about by cheese-makers and breweries these days as if it had no real contextual meaning. The distinction refers to products made by traditionally trained craftsman – minimally impacted by the advances of the industrial revolution. Since its establishment in 1946 in Dorset England, Farrow & Ball has been producing artisanal paints and wallpapers in the same time-honored ways. I sat down with Christine Klotz and Lydia Tower at the D&D building showroom last week to learn about F & B, and why it’s considered by many to be the best paint and paper resource.