What would be your fantasy project?
Luckily I have had almost only fantasy projects. I hope to be able to continue that. At a certain level though, fantasy projects can be incredibly nefarious not unlike an acid trip: great while it lasts, but frightful when it ends and with painful left-over visions of what could have been and never was or should never be! They make the nearly impossible common… Of course it all depends on what one’s fantasies are. My own are far too dreamy.
What would be your nightmare project?
Working for someone who has no curiosity, who thinks he/she is right no matter what, who is possessed with social ambition… Maybe working for someone with limited intelligence and ferocious drive.
Which of these elements most interests you and why: color, volume, texture, scale?
All four. Not using one would be like cooking without one vital ingredient, like butter!! All four have to be used in order to create a successful room in perfect proportion.
Trendiness and conformity seem ubiquitous in decorating. What is the antidote?
It is frightfully difficult not to be influenced by what the French call “L’Air du Temps”—actually at one time a very delicious perfume. I am extremely leery of trends and fashions. And yet by the simple fact that we live, we often unconsciously obey them. The antidote is to stay true to oneself or maybe recognizing them for what they are, the antidote might also be, as in all things, to keep one’s eyes open and not be fooled by what is merely entertaining.
What kind of woman would you like to live in your ideal environment? What kind of man?
Someone—a man or a woman—who is curious, open, intelligent, with great self-knowledge, a discriminating taste and a great inclination for luxury, as well, of course, with vast culture but who is also kind, patient and has a sense of humor… Maybe the most important is great sense of humor.