Just a few months ago, debut designer Cristina Buckley gave the world its first look at her stunning wallpaper line. Available in different colorways and inventive patterns, Buckley’s prints have the ability to transform any room. After a career in creative direction for others, she has taken her brand into her own hands and imagined five remarkable designs as her first collection. This Monday, Cristina gives us a peek into her personality- which, like her wallpaper, is colorful, vibrant, and memorable. The nature-inspired Canyon Ferns design brings the outside inside.
Andrew – What are three things you can’t live without?
Cristina – Books, baths & music. I love to read, I’m always reading a mystery or fiction novel and have a new stack sitting by my bed. But I especially love and need my collection of art and design books. I have inherited a lot of great art books from family members over the years – this is definitely where my collecting bug began. And I am always on the hunt for books to add to my collection – at the flea market, vintage stores, online, etc. I use them every day – especially as I’m developing patterns for my line or looking for color ideas. They are my inspiration and fuel. There’s nothing better than a super hot bath after sitting at my desk too long all day. I put together a mix of mineral salts and essential oils and relax. And if I can add some music to the mix it’s perfect!
Andrew – How would you describe your work in three words?
Cristina – Graphic, color-centric and joyful.
Andrew – Favorite place to view art?
Cristina – The Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City. They put together such fascinating shows on the decorative arts – especially textiles and wallpapers of which they have an amazing archive. The curation of color and pattern subject matter is so inspiring.
A playful array of cheetahs and palms comes together in “A Wild Desert Dream.”
Andrew – Favorite scent?
Cristina – Spring/Summer: Jasmine Fall/Winter: Amber
Andrew – Song you can listen to on repeat?
Cristina – “La Vie En Rose” – I could listen to any version of this song such as performed by Grace Jones or Edith Piaf, but for me, the ultimate is Loius Armstrong. It is just so romantic and beautiful.
Andrew – What’s your affirmation for today?
Cristina – “Meet yourself where you are.” This is a phrase that one of my favorite yoga teachers talks about sometimes and it has a lot of resonance. As someone who is always thinking ahead of what’s next, what do I need to do tomorrow, etc – it’s a powerful reminder to be in the moment and to accept who and where you are right now. And don’t be so hard on yourself.“La Vie En La Rose” is Buckley’s favorite song; it’s no wonder the “Edie” is a floral fantasy.
About Cristina Buckley | This spring Cristina Buckley launches her inaugural collection of wallpaper. Chic, fun, and vintage inspired-the collection include six bold patterns all presented in fresh colors and hand-drawn in a style that is both charming and elegant.
With a lifelong love of patterns and textiles, Cristina’s career includes working as Creative Director for Kelly Wearstler, overseeing design for all home product categories, and Design Director at Schumaker.
Cristina’s collection was inspired by California’s landscape, 1960’s and 1970’s design, Hollywood Regency, and the impact of color.
The collection is proudly made in the United States with five patterns screen printed by hand and one digital print. The collection also includes metallic grounds in gold and silver mylar for an extra dose of retro sophistication.
The collection launched in May 2018 at Harbinger in Los Angeles and Studio Four in NYC this summer.
ABOUT ANDREW JOSEPH | Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.
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