INHABITAT: Was the color scheme similar before?
Marcia: It was just all white before. So I just changed the gray and then had the different shades of gray throughout the apartment. I owned all the artwork before but just moved it around a bit.
INHABITAT: Can you tell me about the carpet, the inspiration for the colors, and the story behind that?
Marcia: The carpet is from a place in Tribeca called Double Knot. The owner is Turkish, and he sells a variety of things. Some are vintage and some are new. For the new items he works with workshops in Turkey or Morocco. This carpet came from a group of artisans in Turkey, and it’s made of kilims that are unwoven and then re-woven in to new things. So it’s a traditional style but made more modern.
The colors were my request because I wanted something neutral, kind of graphic but then with just a little shot of color. I loved how the vintage kilims have random designs, sometimes they’re almost like signatures of the tribe. We discussed it, and I showed him the colors I was thinking. I brought an Alexander Girard book which has a lot of pinks and oranges, and they’re apparently very similar to some traditional kilim accent colors so he knew how to describe it to them. We decided to let them do what they wanted within my description, and I love how it looks.
INHABITAT: In your latest fashion collection, you included several pops of color that add surprise to the otherwise more neutral and black color scheme. Were you also inspired by vintage kilims and Girard for your Fall 2012 collection?
Marcia: Probably in a certain way. Everything’s connected.