Jeffrey Allan Marks

what is your idea of perfect design happiness? COMFORT, FIRST AND FOREMOST.

what is your greatest fear in design? TOO MANY ‘STATEMENT’ ITEMS IN ONE ROOM. THERE CAN’T BE TOO MANY ‘STARS’ IN THE SAME SPACE.

which historical design figure do you most identify with? MARK HAMPTON AND FRANCES ELKINS.

which living designer do you most admire? ALBERT HADLEY AND JOHN STEFANIDIS.

what profession other than design would you like to attempt? BOY BAND SINGER.

what is your greatest design extravagance? CASHMERE FROM BRUNELLO CUCINELLI.

when and where are you happiest with your design? EARLY MORNING, WHEN A SPACE IS CALM.

what do you consider your greatest achievement in design? MY RESTAURANT SPACES.

if you died and came back as another designer or design object, who or what do you think it would be? DAVID HICKS.

what specific design related talent are you lacking that you would you most like to have? DRAWING.

what is your most treasured design related possession? MY ART.

what do you regard as the lowest depths of misery in design? BAD ‘EXISTING’ CLIENT RUGS.

what curse word do you most frequently use? I DON’T REALLY CURSE.

what is your favorite design related word? TAILORED.

what is your least favorite design related word? BUDGET.

what turns you on in design? CLIENTS WHO ARE CREATIVE AND OPEN MINDED.

what turns you off in design? CLIENTS WHO ARGUE.

what is your motto in design? MAKE IT MEAN SOMETHING!

 

IMAGE CREDITS | Images provided by Jeffrey Allan Marks.

ABOUT PROUST ON DESIGN | Answered by our design icons, these must-ask questions come from a 19th century parlor game made popular by Marcel Proust, the French novelist, essayist & critic. Proust believed the direct questions and honest responses that they elicited revealed the true nature of the individual. For this column, we have put a design related spin on the traditional questions. While this method has been used by many journalists throughout the years, we were primarily inspired by The Proust Questionnaire, which appears monthly on the back page of one of our all time favorite magazines, Vanity Fair (also Krista’s alma mater). Read all of the previous Proust on Design questionnaires here.