Apartment Therapy Interview: Trina Turk Part 1

Apartment Therapy Interview: Trina Turk Part 1

Rebecca Orlov
Jun 24, 2009

The design influence between fashion and home design are well represented by fabulous designer, Trina Turk. Trina launched her colorful fashion brand in 1995, more recently launched Trina Turk Residential and also partnered with Schumacher on an outdoor fabric line earlier this year. We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Trina for Apartment Therapy and asked her a few questions about her take on design influences, her inspiration for her color and pattern creations and the role color really plays in her gorgeous designs. After the jump, check out part 1 of our interview with Trina Turk.

We saw you speak at Westweek about the influence between fashion and design. Can you tell our readers your personal thoughts on how fashion and design impact and influence each other?
I get the sense that interior design is being influenced by the pace of fashion. It seems that
we make changes in décor more often than used to be the norm. It could be anything from
changing accent pillows or bedding to redecorating the house—changes are happening more frequently.
Our attention span and desire for newness has accelerated!
I also think that strong color that's prevalent on the runways is becoming more prevalent in interior design.

Please tell us your inspiration for the patterns and colors of and what these mean to you. Also what is your best advice when choosing a color for a room?
My best advice for choosing color for a room is to paint very large swatches and view it at different times of day as the light changes. The little chips from the paint store just don't cut it!

My inspiration for the patterns and colors of the Schumacher line was our clothing collection. Our clothing collection is primarily inspired by living in southern California—the light, landscape, architecture and climate. I am also very inspired by my childhood growing up in California. I'm especially attracted to prints and colorations from the late 1960's and early 1970's. All of the patterns in the Schumacher line are prints we had done in the past in apparel, with the exception of one. We changed the colorations on some—for example, the driftwood grouping—greys, taupes and acid yellow combinations—were not offered in the clothing collection. But others-- like the punch Pisces print –were exactly the same. We do a lot of bright color in our clothing, so if anything, the Schumacher colors are a notch toned down.

We really love the color range in both your fashion and fabric lines. (super inspiring!) Tell us the role color plays in the design and conceptual process of your textiles.
Trina Turk is an optimistic brand, and to me, bright color is optimistic. I agree with whomever said (I wish I could remember who!) that "there are no bad colors, only bad color combinations". That being said, I definitely am drawn toward clear, clean, bright color. There is something interesting about tonalities of
color--using the same color in varying depths within a textile print. I also like to combine neutrals with brights within prints and love the power of black—a black ground print is often the most striking version. Color and fabrication are the 2 most important ingredients in what we do.

Click here to check out Trina Turk's online boutique. Check back in tomorrow afternoon for part 2 of our interview with Trina Turk.

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Images: Trina Turk Residential

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