Robert Leleux NYC, NY
Interview with Robert Leleux
Introducing the first in our series of Designer Spotlights focusing on the group of top design experts who will be featured at AmericasMart’s Pantone Palette Exhibition…Robert Leleux! Already the author of two memoirs, this Southern-bred & NYC-based writer’s essays and articles have also appeared in newspapers and magazines across the country, including the New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, and the Utne Reader. He has served as editor for both Domino and Lonny Magazine, and his upcoming book, Southern Style Now, will be published by Abrams in the fall of 2016–all images that appear in this interview are, in fact, sneak previews from Southern Style Now! REstyleSOURCE sat down for a brief Q & A with the lively and engaging Robert Leleux to give our readers a bit of background on his design philosophy, and what they can expect to see from his styled vignette at the upcoming Pantone Palette Exhibition at AmericasMart Atlanta in January 2016…
“The paintings of Vuillard and Bonnard were the major inspiration behind my choices for this Pantone vignette.”
What inspires your design work? Art, art history, and travel.
How did you decide which Pantone palette to build your design on? I chose the color palette that most corresponds to my sensibility, which in this case meant going with the ‘Mixed Bag’ selection.
Can you describe your design aesthetic in three adjectives?
REstyleSOURCE Loves Local!
We are all about ‘loving local’—from designers and manufacturers right down to local brick & mortar shops and eateries! What are some of your favorite local shops and restaurants to visit when you’re in Atlanta?
Mary Mac’s Tea Room is a must-visit!
Robert’s favorite showrooms to visit while at AmericasMart Atlanta?
Robert’s Designer Tips for shopping the market?
“Wear comfortable footwear, and drink to excess.”
“You must support people with talent, because people without talent will make it without your support.”
Words of Wisdom
Any favorite design tips for us? You almost can’t have too many lamps, and it’s better to have almost too little furniture.
What’s one thing that would make for a perfect evening at home? A competent & inconspicuous domestic staff.
Who would you pick as a ‘dream client’, if you could choose anyone? Anybody rich, appreciative, and wasteful with money.
Up Close & Personal with the Designer…
Text or Phone Call? Phone / Night Owl or Early Riser? All night long / Go for a Walk or a Jog? Jog / Yoga or Salsa Dancing? YUCK
Read the Book or See the Movie? Both / Kindle or Hardcover? Hardcover / Home Cooked Meal or Fancy Restaurant? Depends….who’s cooking?
And finally………Luxury Hotel or Camping Trip?
“What am I, Amish? Has anyone NOT said ‘Luxury Hotel’?”