Interview with Delphine Krakoff : design elements


Interview with Delphine Krakoff

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Eine meiner Lieblings-Designerinnen ist Delphine Krakoff. Als ich vor 5 Monaten mit dem Bloggen anfing, war mein erster Beitrag über sie. Heute freue ich mich, dass Delphine Krakoff ein Interview exklusiv für Design Elements gegeben hat. Delphine ist geboren und aufgewachsen in Paris, wo sie Betriebswirtschaft studierte und für Christian Dior, Louis Vuitton und Ralph Lauren arbeitete. Vor 11 Jahren hat sie in New York ihre eigene Interior Design Firma gegründet…Ein Meer an Design-Inspiration von Delphine Krakoff gibt´s hier zu sehen!

Delphine Krakoff is one of my favorite designers! My first post – when I started blogging 5 months ago – was about her modernist house in Southampton.  In all honesty, I can’t remember how I first became aware of Delphine, but I certainly remember being impressed with her work. Delphine Krakoff grew up in Paris, where she attended business school. Though her education was in business, it was her own interest in design that landed her jobs at the luxury houses of Louis Vuitton and Christian Dior in Paris, and later Coach and Ralph Lauren in New York. Her venture into the world of interior design came by chance, when a friend offered her the opportunity to decorate his classic Hamptons beach house. Her innate sense of style and natural French flair made the transition into the trade seamless, and led to the creation of her own interior design company in 2000. Delphine Krakoff shares her views on Design Elements today. Enjoy!

How would you describe your own style?

Blending of classic European with 20th century Decorative Arts and Contemporary Design.

You attended business school in Paris. What inspired you to get into design?

I grew up in a design and art loving household (my mother was very involved in the contemporary art world in Paris) and I had always loved going to auction houses, dealers, the flea market, etc… When I moved to New York, after a few years in the Fashion and Accessories world, I realized that I could take a chance and jump over to doing interiors.

Looking back at your first project what decorating knowledge do you wish you had back then designing the interiors?

Maybe the confidence to mix unexpected pieces – but of course that can only come with experience…

Is there a designer that has influenced you?

Definitively my husband, Reed Krakoff. His knowledge of Design is encyclopedic, litterally.

Some designers believe that the first piece for any room is the rug or a painting that sets up the colors palette. What is your first source of inspiration?

I definitively start with one piece, but it can be any piece – that is either important, bold, extraordinary.
PS: I NEVER match the art to the pillows :)

How do you evoke emotion in a room?

It comes from the mix and contrast of the different styles and periods in the room…. But really, the emotion you feel in a room has to do with the connection of the people who live there with their environment (or lackthereof…).

How do you achieve a good scale?  Scale is a really interesting and difficult topic.

Scale is key. To me, a mistake in scale is what can ruin an otherwise good room. It is hard to explain, you just know when it is right.

How do you define elegance?

Confidence in your own taste. Living in an environment that is believable for you. Living as well as you can, every single day.

What do you think who will be the Andrew Martin International Designer of 2011?

I really have no idea…. Me?

Who are your favorite artists?

Picasso, Robert Motherwell, Morris Louis, Damien Hirst…. So many….

Your favorite books?

Any vintage decoration book from the 70s. It is fascinating to see what the tastemakers of a specific period collected during their time.

What does success mean to you?

Not much. But happiness means everything.

You are happily married, 3 children and an interior design business. How do you balance work and family life?

To me it is all about time management. And good nannies.

My signature Design Elements question – what are the most important design elements?

Scale; An element of surprise; And mostly, a true connection of the clients to their environment.

photos: Reed Krakoff, Pamplemousse Design


75 Kommentare zu “Interview with Delphine Krakoff”

  1. SizzleandZoom am 10.04.2011 um 18:49 Uhr 

    Amazing designer. Like her work very much.

  2. Tereza am 10.04.2011 um 19:01 Uhr 

    Her fabulous sense of style, proportion and balance are amazing.Through her work I can feel her french background which I absolutely love.
    Congratulations on your enterview.
    Have a happy sunday.
    Big hugs

  3. The enchanted home am 10.04.2011 um 19:07 Uhr 

    Hi so happy to have found your lovely blog..we have a lot of the same tastes in Timothy Corrigan too and have done a few posts on him and his work. Delphine has a tremendous sense of style and obviously has a keen eye in design. Thanks for sharing this wonderful interview and pictures..will be back here for sure!
    And please stop by me too….I have a 3 month old blog about the building of our home and my love for decor/design.

  4. Cez am 10.04.2011 um 19:51 Uhr 

    love the sheep seats!!! so nice and sweet!!!!! the iron one is wonderful too…great post!!!! xoxo

  5. Éva csomós am 10.04.2011 um 19:52 Uhr 

    Tolle Designerin, toller Post! Liebe Grüße, Éva

  6. Barbara@HausDesign am 10.04.2011 um 20:50 Uhr 

    What a fresh unique designer! That first image is full of interesting ideas! Ganz toll!

  7. Tamra am 10.04.2011 um 21:58 Uhr 

    Lovely blog you have here. These designs are so inspirational!

  8. Meghan @ My Wishful Thinking am 10.04.2011 um 21:59 Uhr 

    I love these quirky designs! There is something surprising in each room!

  9. phuong am 10.04.2011 um 22:10 Uhr 

    so beautiful

    Travel In Style

  10. Jessie am 10.04.2011 um 22:11 Uhr 

    Great post. Thanks for introducing such a fabulous designer to me. I really enjoyed her work. Her design is fun, full of wonderful surprises and so beautiful at the same time, definitely my style. By the way, I am your new follower. You have such an inspiring blog. Thanks for visiting and commenting on my blog.


  11. Krystal/Village am 10.04.2011 um 22:17 Uhr 

    those are such unique cool designs and it was a perfect interview!

  12. Angela Steyn am 10.04.2011 um 22:55 Uhr 

    This is a great post and interview! I had not heard of this designer before but her work is inspirational!

    Angela x

  13. Mrs. French am 10.04.2011 um 23:15 Uhr 

    Oh my, what a stunning post!

  14. Oh to Be a Muse am 10.04.2011 um 23:25 Uhr 

    oh wow, she is a great designer with eclectic taste. love this post!

  15. Rachael @ Roco Rennie am 10.04.2011 um 23:44 Uhr 

    Wow, What an amazing and intersesting designer, thank-you for introducing her to me.Love the post.

    P.S Thank-you for visting me blog today x x

  16. Carolyn am 11.04.2011 um 01:08 Uhr 

    I loved finding out about the designer, that I had not heard of before.
    The first photograph is so lovely and love the little sheep seats.

    Happy week

  17. classiq am 11.04.2011 um 08:39 Uhr 

    A very good interview. I like the interior in the third photo, so many elements beautifully and interestingly blended.

  18. Elina am 11.04.2011 um 09:25 Uhr 


  19. modern.girl am 11.04.2011 um 10:05 Uhr 

    i love this interview. thanks for the introducing us to this talented designer!


  20. Ann am 11.04.2011 um 11:59 Uhr 

    Love your post…
    It was a really good interview,
    and her works are lovely ♥

  21. KREASOLI am 11.04.2011 um 12:25 Uhr 

    Als Schmiedin finde ich unter anderem den Spiegel mit dem “Geflecht” interessant.
    Liebe Grüße, danke fürs Zeigen!

  22. Lynie am 11.04.2011 um 12:26 Uhr 

    Ohh tolles Interview und tolle Bilder!
    Für den großen Spiegel im letzten Bild würd ich tööööten! XD

  23. Marianne am 11.04.2011 um 14:10 Uhr 

    Staaaark !!!

  24. Dawn {The Alternative Wife} am 11.04.2011 um 14:22 Uhr 

    Fabulous interview, darling! Her work is spectacular! :)

  25. Dawn {The Alternative Wife} am 11.04.2011 um 14:22 Uhr 

    Fabulous interview, darling! Her work is spectacular!

  26. Sandrine am 11.04.2011 um 14:38 Uhr 

    Hi, I really enjoyed reading Delphine’s interview.I like when happiness means everything with people it seems to garantee everyones happiness :) I found the sheep seats so funny! :)
    Sandrine x

  27. maureen am 11.04.2011 um 14:43 Uhr 

    love her style..and yes, she has definitely learned to mix unexpected pieces with classic ones..and it looks fabulous…

  28. Katie*Belle am 11.04.2011 um 14:57 Uhr 

    These rooms are spectacular. And what a great interview!

  29. Shelly Gregory am 11.04.2011 um 15:55 Uhr 

    Loved the interview. A wealth of knowledge in three answered questions concerning source of inspiration, evoking emotion, and good scale. Thank you for sharing this designer!

  30. Shelly Gregory am 11.04.2011 um 16:08 Uhr 

    A wealth of knowlege in three answers in regards to ‘source of inspiration’, evoking emotion’, and ‘good scale’. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful invterview from Delphine.

  31. George am 11.04.2011 um 16:16 Uhr 

    This is a very interesting interview. Her designs are gorgeous.

  32. Luciane at am 11.04.2011 um 17:44 Uhr 


    You should be working in a magazine! I love, love love your interviews! They’re great.

    Did you have a good weekend? I had to relax… I’m feeling so sleepy lately! lol

    Have a Blessed week!


    Luciane at

  33. Zyprezz am 11.04.2011 um 17:57 Uhr 

    Great interview again my dear, I love her style…a lot of original items to die for…her kissing her daughter was such a sweet picture…

    Have a great week,

    Lots of hugs from Ingrid

  34. Mona Thompson am 11.04.2011 um 18:01 Uhr 

    Fabulous interview. Her sense of style and perspective on life and design are so refreshing. I’ll be back to study her work more later. Thanks for sharing. Mona

  35. Mona Thompson am 11.04.2011 um 18:03 Uhr 

    I’m not sure if my first comment took or not. Crazy computers. At the risk of repeating myself I’ll just say that I loved the interview and am in love with her style. Mona

  36. ashley am 11.04.2011 um 20:28 Uhr 

    love it! that mirror in the last photo is gorgeous. thanks for stopping by my blog!


  37. Gerlinde am 11.04.2011 um 20:29 Uhr 

    tolle Seite – tolle Designerin-sehr gewagt, aber sensationell–lg aus Wien Gerlinde

  38. Achados de Decoração am 11.04.2011 um 21:20 Uhr 

    Hallo meine Liebe! wie geht´s?
    You know, I´m re-painting e re-decoranting my own house and I was looking for something beautiful and easy to DIY for one of my living room walls and I went crazy with that last picture. OMG! that paint in black and white is soooo amazing and I´m thinking about doing something inspired on it. What do you think?


  39. Captivated by image am 11.04.2011 um 21:26 Uhr 

    She definitely has great great talent. There’s a lot going on in her designs, but still it feels very harmonic. Beautiful! Have a great week:)

  40. Lemmie am 11.04.2011 um 21:28 Uhr 

    Diese so unterschiedlichen Ideen zu Einrichtungen und Dekorationen faszinieren mich.
    Lieben Gruß

  41. Silvia {enmiespaciovital} am 11.04.2011 um 22:42 Uhr 

    Beautiful spaces and interesting interview.
    Have a good week.

  42. florence am 11.04.2011 um 22:43 Uhr 

    una casa impresionante!! y el detalle de los taburetes-ovejas me ha encantado!!
    feliz semana :) bss

  43. Brandi {not your average ordinary} am 12.04.2011 um 00:17 Uhr 

    Great interview, Maria! Delphine’s work is wonderful — some of those pieces are just the prettiest little touches to a room.

  44. Aubrey am 12.04.2011 um 00:17 Uhr 

    Charming and talented, a double threat kind of gal! I like her. (c:

    Your blog is just bursting with gorgeous pictures and fantastic inspiration! Why haven’t I found it sooner??? So glad you came to visit, now I feel like I’m back in the loop (c:

  45. designchic am 12.04.2011 um 04:52 Uhr 

    What a great interview…adore her designs!!t5e4

  46. Splendid Willow am 12.04.2011 um 06:10 Uhr 

    With such an eye for design and such a lovely name you can only go far!

    Her rooms are stunning and unique and from now on I will never ever again match my pillows with my artwork (actually did it just this past weekend! I learned my lesson! It looks way to contrived).

    Thank you for yet another great interview, Maria!

    ox, Mon

  47. laguna dirt am 12.04.2011 um 06:23 Uhr 

    ok, she’s way too cool, and balanced! not fair! love it all. especially her boldness and sense of balance, especially with things the you might not expect would balance at all! interesting interview, too! thanks!

  48. Nancy@marcusdesign am 12.04.2011 um 08:35 Uhr 

    Wow, what a fantastic interview! I love her work and every example you have shown here is gorgeous. Thank you for sharing this with us!!
    Nancy xo

  49. Ines am 12.04.2011 um 10:02 Uhr 

    Das nenn ich Wohnträume. Es sind wunderschöne Designs, bei denen die Seele entspannen kann.

    Liebe Grüße Ines

  50. Stephie am 12.04.2011 um 10:19 Uhr 

    Those sheep seats are just too cute! Thanks for another great interview Maria, Stephie x

  51. Julie am 12.04.2011 um 10:49 Uhr 

    Hi dear Maria
    Well.. great interview and post.. Delphine does have a great sense of scale.. that was something that struck me with these images… love it!!!

    Hope you are having a great week.. take care and thanks for your kind comments my way… ciao xxxx Julie

  52. Kristin am 12.04.2011 um 11:06 Uhr 

    Thanks for a wonderful interview, Maria! Going to an interior school in Paris must have been really great!! Hope your week is off to a good start!

    Kristin xx

  53. cabbagerose am 12.04.2011 um 12:03 Uhr 

    very good interview…love her style…particulary enamored with the last room…would like in my house.

  54. Oliveaux am 12.04.2011 um 12:51 Uhr 

    Fabulous style and a wonderful post. Thank you for your kind comments and I shall stop by often. Ax

  55. Dee O. am 12.04.2011 um 15:04 Uhr 

    GREAT interview! I love this woman’s style, the decor looks absolutely AMAZING!!

    That GOOD GOOD Blog

  56. Sylke am 12.04.2011 um 15:10 Uhr 

    Ein sehr schönes und interessantes Interview, das führt sie bestimmt nicht mit jedem. Glückwunsch!

    LG Sylke

  57. Style Maniac am 12.04.2011 um 17:03 Uhr 

    Connection to clients and their environment — yes, absolutely the key to working as a designer (as opposed to designing for yourself).

    p.s. Maria, I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging 5 months! So many wonderful things you’ve covered, it feels like you’ve been doing this far longer.

  58. Kelly @ JAX does design am 12.04.2011 um 17:26 Uhr 

    Wonderful interview, thanks for the introduction to Delphine and her design work :-)

    I love the room in the second picture with the glossy white ceiling. It’s so cool how it reflects the windows. Also love the carpet and the funky white chair :-)

  59. Kate @ Travelmoon am 12.04.2011 um 18:45 Uhr 

    What an interesting interview! Her interiors are just gorgeous!

  60. aNette am 12.04.2011 um 19:18 Uhr 

    Was für ein gewagtes und cooles Design. Ich liebe absolut die schwarz/weiß Varianten. Sie sind so edel. Man kann viele Ideen hier mitnehmen, oder aber einfach nur träumen. lg aNette

  61. Kifus am 12.04.2011 um 19:32 Uhr 

    Delphine really has an innovative style. Thanks for introducing us to her work.
    Have a great week!

  62. Julie am 12.04.2011 um 20:02 Uhr 

    Great interview! Those sheep seats are amazing!

  63. Trendwelt am 12.04.2011 um 20:24 Uhr 

    Tolles Interview! Weiter so – freue mich auf mehr und natürlich auf weiter tolle Fotos von Dir.

    lg Bine

  64. Mary Jo am 12.04.2011 um 20:52 Uhr 

    Another fabulous interview Maria! And I had to laugh when I read she never matches pillows to the art–so true! Scale can be so tricky and it’s rarely addressed, I love that it’s one of her main design elements!

    xo Mary Jo

  65. Capucine am 12.04.2011 um 22:02 Uhr 

    She is so talented. I love it.

  66. FAY HART FLORENCE ITALY am 12.04.2011 um 22:09 Uhr 

    Hi I would like the metal sofa please !

    Love Fay x

  67. Pretty Pink Tulips am 13.04.2011 um 04:31 Uhr 

    I love Delphine’s style! This is truly a wonderful interview!

    xo Elizabeth

  68. Sundeep @ Designwali am 13.04.2011 um 13:11 Uhr 

    fantastic interview

  69. Laura Jens Sisino am 14.04.2011 um 14:30 Uhr 

    Fabulous interview…. What an amazing person….. Very inspirational. Love her tips and especially love what she says about her husband! :) Success is being happy, so true. Fabulous designs. Thank you for the introduction.

  70. kate am 14.04.2011 um 21:35 Uhr 

    what a lovely interview. i enjoy how she incorporates such dramatic/large-scale artwork into her design. inspires me to go bigger with my work. :)

  71. missboulette am 16.04.2011 um 13:32 Uhr 

    Danke für das tolle Interview! Die sich leicht spiegelnde, hochglänzende Decke ist der Hammer!

  72. minina loves am 17.04.2011 um 17:55 Uhr 

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  73. Tomas Backman am 20.04.2011 um 14:43 Uhr 

    Incredible reflection in the ceiling.

    I. Will. Copy.


  74. TinnyMey am 25.04.2011 um 19:16 Uhr 

    Vielen dank für deinen Besuch bei mir!
    Hier ist es ja einfach….wow!!!! Tolle Bilder, klasse Design, super Deko…..kann man nur neidisch werden…;-))
    LG und einen entspannten Osterabend!

  75. Camille Adler am 21.02.2012 um 02:20 Uhr 

    Please see my work at
    Feel free to email me any questions or comments.
    Thank you
    Camille Adler

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