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