A Day In The Life

A Day In The Life of John Robshaw

by Grace Bonney

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I’ve always had a part of me that loves to peek inside other people’s lives. I spent most of the evenings of my freshman year of college (I attended NYU for a year and a half and then transferred) getting Tasti D-Lite and walking up and down 10th and 11th streets in the Village staring at beautiful homes. I loved walking at night (and still do) because all of those huge townhouses had tall windows and bright lights. You could catch glimpses (from the street of course, I promise I wasn’t hanging from anyone’s windowsill) inside such beautiful homes filled with chandeliers and artwork. While I still love to see inside people’s homes (and always will), I find myself more and more intrigued and inspired by a peek inside someone’s daily life. I’ve so enjoyed getting to see what Steven Alan, Arielle Alasko and The Brothers Mueller do during their days and today I’m thrilled to sneak behind the curtain of one of my favorite designers, John Robshaw.

John has been producing some of the most beautiful, most vivid and most memorable textiles for over 10 years. After getting a fine arts degree at Pratt and studying traditional block printing in China, he made it his mission to celebrate the work and talent of artisans throughout Asia. In addition to his design work, John serves as a consultant for Aid to Artisans, a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating economic opportunities for low-income artisans. I’m so excited to look inside his pattern-filled world for a day. Thanks so much to John for joining us! xo, grace

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A Day in the Life of John Robshaw

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Breakfast: One of my gurus, Janet (who is 83) makes me eggs and bacon on the Upper East Side and she sets a mean table.

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My desk: My desk is organic. Things seem to hover. The desk was made by a pal Richard Wrightman– he makes amazing campaign furniture.

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Morning: These are some funny rugs that came in. I love the Indian way of sewing up bales by hand. (We even made some of our pillows this way).

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Lunch: Mooncake is around the corner. I always have a massive Asian fusion bowl of greens and some fresh ginger tea. If you want to say hi, I am there every day at noon.

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Afternoon: Kremer Art Supplies and Mike the plant guy are right outside my building- they always makes me think of colors.

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John's To Do List
To Do Lists: I like and hate them but need them to survive. These look like tire tracks in mud some days and other day’s brilliant hieroglyphics.

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Evening: Dinner at a local south Indian joint.

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The Walk Home: I walk to the subway past the House of Sages on the Lower East Side then to my lucky Hawa Juice brothers. One of them survived on a boat that capsized in Italy, so I rub him for good luck.

John's Night Stand
Night at home: My nightstand has essential oil mixed by Sharon Slowik (another guru of mine). It contains roman chamomile, sweet birch, galangal root, lavender, mailette, galbanum. I always have tons of books waiting to be read.

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  • Grace, I am SO with you on the casual peeking. I love it when the days get shorter and walks include glimpses of how other people live. Our kitchen has shade-free windows that face the street, so I reciprocate by giving a glimpse into our lives as well.

  • Wow, thanks so much for the glimpse into the life of one of my favorite textile gurus! Love getting a peek into his daily landscape, as well as learning about extremely cool projects like Aid to Artisans. As always, I’m better informed and very inspired.

  • Wow, thanks so much for the glimpse into the life of one of my favorite textile gurus! Love learning about his daily landscape, as well as the extremely cool organization, Aid to Artisans. As always, I’m better informed, and very inspired.

  • I also loved twilight house peeking! I’ve always been embarrassed to admit it. As a teenager, I used to bike around the ritzy neighborhood in my town to catch a glimpse inside the beautiful Victorian houses lined up along Long Island Sound.

  • John is one of the most gracious, talented, & down to earth people we are lucky enough to work with. We always look forward to seeing his latest creations. Thanks for the glimpse into his life.

  • I did the same walk through the village on many a night when I lived on West 10th. Every time I said to myself, maybe this is weird, but I love walking in the dark so that I can see inside. And thanks for the article. John Robshaw and his work has always kind of fascinated me. I enjoy reading about the daily life of others as well.

  • Just got to see John Robshaw’s beautiful stuff at ABC Carpet and Home this weekend for the first time! I love his work so much. Can’t wait to invest in a couple gorgeous pillows in the near future.

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