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Interview with Fashion Designer Rebecca Taylor

Interview with Fashion Designer Rebecca Taylor

Interview with Fashion Designer Rebecca Taylor

Homepolish designer Tali Roth worked together with fellow designer (in the fashion world) Rebecca Taylor to redesign her New York office. We caught up with Rebecca to talk about how her workspace inspires her.

Photos by Julia Robbs.

Before we even talk about your office, let’s talk about your work style. What’s your routine when it comes to designing?

“I like to get an early start to things because my day can often be so full that I don’t have time to think about what’s next. I try to get into the office at a quarter to nine to organize my thoughts.”

So how long have you been in this office?

“We’ve been in this office for nine years, and it was simply time to redesign the space. I wanted to be surrounded by color and layer in prints. I’m inspired by so much… dance, theater, the ballet. It’s all so achingly feminine and yet there’s a certain strength to it. I love costumes and lighting. I wanted to introduce those elements to the space.”

And beyond aesthetics, what do you find is 100% necessary to a fashion office?

“You have to be inspired by the space where you work, otherwise how do you produce beautiful designs? This office has huge windows, beautiful light, and the color and texture is lush. And it is essential to be organized. I have a great memory for garments, and we keep an extensive archive of clothing, but even with my memory, that closet has to be organized.”

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You have to be inspired by the space where you work, otherwise how do you produce beautiful designs?

 

Oh! Do you have any storage tips for us?

“Honestly, I keep playing around with different ways to keep everything in its place. I even look through Pinterest boards for ideas. I like the idea of separate cubbies, but with brass accents and hardware that add warmth, instead of pure functionality.”

Ok, so when you first met with our designer Tali, you knew you needed function but also beauty. What was it like to first meet her?

“I was very open initially. But I will say, I’m a Kiwi [a New Zealander], and she’s an Aussie. Usually, that would make us bitter enemies, but on the other side of the world, we’re basically siblings!”

Sounds like there was a strong trust! Did she surprise you with anything?

“The 3-D stenciling on the floor! I love that it’s on the cooler, muted side of the color spectrum, but it has such a dynamic geometry. It almost appears as tiles. As I’ve grown to love it, I’m considering it as a prospective design to integrate into a store.”


 

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By layering different textures, shapes, and colors on top of each other, you create a type of patchwork.

 

And beyond the floor, what are the things you love the most?

“The rich floral Ellie Cashman wallpaper is gorgeous, and the Liberty-printed pillows beneath it are wonderful. I also love that we integrated my husband’s artwork.”

Oh, yes! Tell us the stories behind those artworks.

“My husband is obsessed with shape and color, not unlike me. If you look closely, the works have very broad strokes. Some of them depict me… but, of course, very abstractly.”

And now that you have all these layered pieces of design, how do you think texture, shape, and color inspire you?

“It’s almost like art, working with balance and proportion. By layering different textures, shapes, and colors on top of each other, you create a type of patchwork. It bridges between two distinct ideas or motifs and creates a new palette. You can more readily imagine new ideas by seeing all this inspiration around you.”

And why do you think interior design is so important for a fashion design workspace?

“You are so much more than your home. When you’re an aesthetic person, it’s important to be inspired by your workspace at every turn.”

To see the full office tour, click here!

In this tour:
Beige
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Sophisticated
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Home Office