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
My desk: My desk is organic. Things seem to hover. The desk was made by a pal Richard Wrightman- he makes amazing campaign furniture.
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.
Afternoon: Kremer Art Supplies and Mike the plant guy are right outside my building- they always makes me think of colors.
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.
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.