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Publication Date: 2014-07-30


Proust on Design: Jeffrey Alan Marks

The famed interior designer Jeffrey Alan Marks sits down for our Proust on Design interview series.


What is your idea of perfect design happiness?

Comfort, first and foremost.

What is your greatest fear in design?

Too many "statement" items in one room. There can't be too many "stars" in the same space.

Which historical design figure do you most identify with?

Mark Hampton and Frances Elkins.

Which current designer do you most admire?

Albert Hadley and John Stefanidis.

What profession other than design would you like to attempt?

Boy band singer.

What is your greatest design extravagance?

Cashmere from Brunello Cucinelli.

When and where are you happiest with your design?

Early morning, when a space is calm.

What do you consider your greatest achievement in design?

My restaurant spaces.

If you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be?

David Hicks.

What specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have?


What is your most treasured design related possession?

My art.

What do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design?

Bad "existing" client rugs.

What curse word do you most frequently use?

I don't really curse.

What is your favorite design related word?


What is your least favorite design related word?


What turns you on in design?

Clients who are creative and open minded.

What turns you off in design?

Clients who argue.

What is your motto in design?

Make it mean something!

Images provided by Jeffrey Alan Marks.


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