Sarah Nicholas Williams, known best for her popular and playful children’s illustrations inspired by her childhood, has become a notable name in interior since her Radish Moon collection of hand-illustrated textiles launched in 2016. Featuring whimsically-penned flora, fauna and fantasies, Radish Moon’s offerings are storybooks come to life. From sumac to bird-eye views of the New York skyline, West Village-based Williams prints her designs on Belgian linen, meant to last from generation to generation. Meet Sarah, and learn about her favorite color and recent reads in this week’s Maker Monday.
Life imitates art in this radish-pattered design by Williams.
Andrew Joseph: You’re the newest crayola color – what color are you and why?
Sarah Nicholas Williams: I am “Weimaraner” which is a beautiful lavender/grey. I always have and always will love a shade of greyish lavender. It’s the most soothing color. I used to have my bedroom painted this color and will definitely have another. I’ve also heard it referred to as “grown-up pink” which is exactly true of lavender.
Andrew: If you could be any animal in the world what animal would you be and why?
Sarah: I would be a bird so I could have gorgeous feathers and live in a fruit tree.
Andrew: Describe your design style
Sarah: My design style is eclectic and layered; I like to mix high with low and old with new. I like to mix patterns and textures and colors but keep the bed crisp white cotton. I am a collector of pretty objects and like to have them around me, but I do like a neat and organized home. Space is limited in NYC so it’s nice if everything has its place.
Andrew: What is the last book you read?
Sarah: Georgia by Dawn Tripp. It’s about Georgia Okeeffe’s relationship and love affair with the photographer Alfred Steiglitz. It’s fictional but based on actual events.
Andrew: What is something you hope to see trending in design in the future?
Sarah: I hope to see a continuation of pattern on pattern on pattern!
Andrew: If you weren’t a designer you’d be…?
Sarah: I’d be either a doctor or a detective. I love to read medical articles and diagnose ailments and I love to gather evidence.
Andrew: What’s the best thing that happened to you this month?
Sarah: We finished helping our son with high-school applications and submitted everything. Kids in NYC are required to apply to TWELVE!! (public high-schools) and this includes tours, essays, portfolios etc.. It’s a lot for a 13-year-old.
Andrew: What is your favorite cocktail?
Sarah: Hands down a jalapeño margarita.
Andrew: What’s your design pet peeve?
Sarah: Anything overly slick, cold and austere.
A tranquil tablescape is made complete with a Radish Moon tablecloth.
Andrew: Are you a good cook? If so what’s your specialty?
Sarah: I love to cook even though our kitchen is VERY tiny. My favorite dish to make is a chicken tagine.
Andrew: Dream project to work on?
Sarah: My dream project right now would be to collaborate on a cool mid-century style furniture collection upholstered in my fabrics.
Andrew: Are you a pet person?
Sarah: We adopted a beautiful spaniel mix named Lily last year and I couldn’t possibly love her more.
Andrew: What’s your biggest fear in life?
Sarah: Snakes and roller coasters.
Andrew: What’s your favorite app?
Sarah: Instagram of course.
Andrew: How would you define your work in 3 words?
Sarah: Whimsical, unique, elegant.
Andrew: Favorite piece of clothing?
Sarah: A vintage, silk velvet Yves Saint Laurent blouse I bought at Housing Works thrift shop on the Upper East Side 20 years ago.
Andrew: A must-have clothing item everyone should have?
Sarah: A black turtleneck.
Andrew: If you had one more hour in the day what would you do with it?
Sarah: Get a massage.
About The Maker | Sarah Nicholas Williams is an illustrator and textile artist. She began Radish Moon as a children’s collection that explored the wonder born in the woods of her childhood.
Radish Moon Textiles celebrates the flora and fauna of her creative landscapes. Her original patterns are rooted in the natural world, but emerge in the fantastical. Each design is hand-drawn in ink and watercolor and printed in the United States on Belgian linen.
Whether whimsically inclined or partial to sophistication, all can appreciate Radish Moon’s unique vision, which is strikingly modern and unmistakably elegant.
Sarah grew up in Virginia where she studied sculpture and painting at VCU School of the Arts. She lives and works in the West Village of New York City.
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