2.27.2012

a day of 3 firsts



1. Profile of Zak Profera's new company, 
ZAK+FOX, and the launch of his first textile collection (amazing).

2. The first cloth & kind Proust interview, featuring Zak Profera. Proust is a brand spanking new column in which I interview the most sought after textile and interior designers using a popular 19th century parlor game (such fun). 

3. The first ever cloth & kind giveaway (from the debut ZAK+FOX collection)!
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*For full info on the origins of cloth & kind's new Proust column, see the p.s. at the bottom of this post.
What is your idea of perfect {design} happiness?
Being surrounded by the things I love.


What is your greatest fear {in design}?
Nothing – everything can always be changed or fixed.


Which historical {design} figure do you most identify with?
Maybe a caveman – I kind of love the wheel.
Caveman's wheel


Which living {designer} do you most admire?
I’m too much of a Libra to commit to just one.  Every great designer brings something unique to the world. 


What is your greatest {design} extravagance?
My design based on the exquisite 17th century Matahari cloth owned by Karun Thakar.  It’s quite minimal and super courageous while still being totally usable.
17th century Matahari cloth



When and where were you happiest {with your design}?
When I saw a strike-off of my Takigawa design for the first time, I knew I was on the right track.

Takigawa

What do you consider your greatest achievement {in design}?
Launching my own business — it’s far more work than I’d ever imagined (and totally worth it).


If you died and came back as another {designer} or design object what do you think it would be?
A Noguchi light sculpture.

Noguchi light sculpture



What specific {design related} talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have?
I wish I were brave enough to handle electrical wiring.


What is your most treasured {design-related} possession?
I have a gold-painted concrete statue head that I found, face-down on the street in front of an old seminary during one of the worst storms that had ever hit Manhattan.  It’s not that large, but it has to weigh over 100 lbs…so naturally, I had to have it.  It lives peacefully on my terrace now.
Zak's concrete statue head


What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery {in design}?
Fashion in lieu of comfort…except sometimes.  There are always exceptions. 


What is your motto {in design}?
Everything in your home should have a story behind it – or you should just find it to be extremely beautiful (see previous answer re: exceptions).


What is your favorite {design-related} word?
“Moment.”


What is your least favorite {design-related} word?
“Moment.”


What turns you on {in design}?
When things are designed with and collected with the heart, not with the intention to impress.


What turns you off {in design}?
Egos.


What is your favorite curse word?
I’ve been known to freely fling F-bombs.


What profession other than {design} would you like to attempt?
Secret agent.  Travel, adventure, and a bit of mystery.  What’s not to like?

 
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The absolutely gorgeous textiles from Zak's collection are simultaneously old world and totally modern.
above: postage in ink, volubilis in umber, takigawa in ink
above: matsu in rust, karun in rust, plus in rust/umber

One of the many things I adore about this collection is that Zak takes the time to explain the story behind each design motif. “An object becomes so much more interesting when a little bit of history is revealed”, says Zak. I whole-heartedly agree, and urge you to spend some time on ZAK+FOX's site learning more about the inspiration for each textile. I felt as if I was wandering through a museum, reading about the provenance of each lovely piece and taking in the history of it all. This collection evokes the best kinds of emotions.
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And now, the part you've all been waiting for... the giveaway! It's Zak's first and my first, and I can think of no better person to share this first with. We are thrilled to be giving away this beautiful 22" Katagami pillow in Snow. It's down-filled and backed with solid, unprinted linen. 
Here's how it works. Leave a comment on cloth & kind telling us which fabric from Zak's new line is your favorite, then visit zakandfox.com to join Zak's mailing list (he promises not to barrage you with emails) by entering your email address in the field in the upper right corner of the home page. That's it! Entries will be taken from Monday, 2/27 - Friday, 3/2 at 5 pm EST. 1 entry per person, please. We'll announce the winner next Monday!
          *p.s. Here is the back story on my new Proust (pronounced Proost) column... 
Marcel Proust
Before cloth & kind, my all-time favorite job was working at Vanity Fair magazine. Each month, they profile celebrities on the back page in their infamous Proust questionnaire. The probing set of questions originated as a 19th-century parlor game that was made popular by Marcel Proust, the French essayist and novelist, and his peers. He thought that an individual’s answers were the way to reveal their true nature. The questionnaire concept as a means to interview people was first used by French television personality Bernard Pivot and many other journalists have used the questions in interviews as well. I’m putting a new spin on the questionnaire and will be asking the most talented textile & interior designers to answer the questions with design in mind. If you are inclined to take your own Proust questionnaire, you can do so hereVanity Fair will even will tell you which celebrities you are most similar to based on your answers. 
p.p.s. I think that Zak's Shiba Inu, Shinji, and my two Shiba girls (below) just might be new best buds if they ever met.

29 comments:

  1. Postage in Ink! Gorgeous tableau.

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    1. @elisekh I love Postage in Ink too! Great minds think alike :-)

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  2. Great blog today! I especially liked the interview and the site looks awesome!

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  3. Great post, Krista. Enjoyed the new Proust column and love the Zak+Fox fabric line. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it, @Seema - and honored that you stopped by to read. Would love to feature you in a Proust interview soon!
      Krista
      p.s. Did you see how people are repinning your new photo shoot images like crazy this morning?!

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  4. Plus in rust/umber - beautiful to my eyes.

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    1. Mmmm.... plus is DEFINITELY a plus! Thanks, CM.
      xoxo
      K

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  5. Oops forgot to mention, Takigawa in ink is my fave, followed by Matsu in rust!

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    1. Noted! Takigawa is incredible - did you see all of those shots on ZAK + FOX from their photoshoot. So pretty when it's cascading over that railing.

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  6. It's hard to pick... all are so beautiful! I think Plus is especially lovely. The Proust questionnaire is always the first thing I flip to when VF arrives in the mail- loved reading Zak's interview and looking forward to more!

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    1. I agree, Emily - so hard to pick! Ah - I'm happy you know and love Proust from VF too. It's always my first read when the new issue comes as well. Nice to start with something short and sweet before diving into the lengthy articles ;-)
      Krista

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  7. Palma, Patina on Oyster! Adding this blog tomy feeder today!

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  8. My Favorite is Postage in Ink. I love the juxtaposition of the formal structure on the natural fabric. The color is fantastic too. Zac + Fox has most definitely perked my Pintrest. <3

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  9. love the line. I'm all about takigawa for my home but I think katagami is a perfect.

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  10. Thanks everyone! Don't forget to sign up on our website, too, in order to enter to win.

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  11. Love this interview, what a fantastic collection, hard to just pick one. The matsu in rust is beautiful!

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    1. So glad you like the interview, Maribel! I love Matsu too...

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  12. Ugh, cannot choose a favorite. Love them all. If I have to choose I will say postage in ink - but I feel like I'm cheating on the other ones :(

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  13. I signed up for the mailing list. Looking forward to receiving it!

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  14. If I have to pick one then, Palma Patina is my favorite. They are all stunning.

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  15. Katagami in Snow, of course. :) :) :)

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  16. There's quite the rush on Postage in Ink! I'll have to concede.
    It's a great alternative to any plaid, windowpane, check, etc.

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  17. Signed up Z+F mailing list, such nice stuff
    Ink Postage as posted previously!

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    1. Paul, you are our winner!! Please contact me at krista@clothandkind.com.
      Congrats!
      Krista

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  18. Love the whole collection, especially Karun. Your website is beautiful and a wonderful resource!

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  19. AND THE WINNER IS.... Paul! Congratulations. Please email me at krista@clothandkind.com with your address so we can send the pillow to you.

    Thanks to everyone for entering and if you didn't already sign up for ZAK+FOX's mailing list please do so at www.zakandfox.com.
    Krista

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