First Person: Liz Caan

Cara Gibbs

29 October 2020
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LIZ CAAN 

NEW ENGLAND-BASED INTERIOR DESIGNER LIZ CAAN IS KNOWN FOR HER PERSONALIZED APPROACH TO DESIGN AND HER CREDO OF CREATING PERFECTLY IMPERFECT SPACES FILLED WITH CHARACTER AND PERSONALITY. HERE, LIZ SHARES THE INS AND OUTS OF HER DAILY ROUTINE, THE RISE OF NATURAL FIBERS, AND HER ADMIRATION FOR ALL THINGS MURIEL BRANDOLINI.

A DAY IN THE LIFE...

These days, I wake up at 6 am, I shower and get dressed as I would for any other day. I listen to a podcast as I walk 2 miles to my office (sometimes with my 2 Samoyeds, Oscar and Olive). I work alone and am busy designing and sourcing for a few large projects that are still running. I have zoom calls with my team, we present to clients, my husband brings me lunch once in a while, I have calls with my PR firm, web design and branding firm. I walk home at 6 pm. I make dinner for my family and we eat together, which has been the highlight of my day. I usually return a few emails, pour a nightcap, look at aspirational things online (i.e. fill shopping carts full of things I don’t need and abandon them later). And then I fall asleep around 10 pm.

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MURIEL FOREVER

I’m deeply inspired by the work of Muriel Brandolini. She was the first designer that really captured my attention and resonated with me. She seemed to be this rule-breaking, free spirit who painted wild stripes on walls and staircases, she made headboards in organic shapes… she was not bound by any constraints and she seemed to do what she wanted. Her interiors were playful, imaginative, and truly creative. They were hers. I saw this fearless freedom and found it so inspiring.

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EVERY INTERIOR TELLS
A STORY

My creative process usually starts with a feeling. I usually focus on how I want a space to function and feel. I then write a little story about it or attach an existing story, maybe assign some characters (the client) and descriptive words. Once I have this framework, I always start with textiles… I pull anything that fits the feeling/story and edit down. Furniture, Artwork, Floor Coverings, Window Details and Accessories all play into the story, the function and the and the feeling. During quarantine, there have been some very long lead times as manufacturers continue to play catch up with the orders. I think an emerging trend will be more interest and concern for healthy, natural fibers and antimicrobial materials. I think the design industry will be busy, as people will care very much about their home base, how it functions during quarantine for a family, how they work, their outside spaces and landscape.

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"I love natural fibers. It’s durable, ages well and comes in amazing colors, like Sunkiss Yellow."

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"Who doesn’t love a great stripe? This organic stripe in 100% linen makes it a great staple that could go anywhere."

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"I love a twist on a classic and a little humor. This paper embodies both… it’s playful and fun!"

 

 

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Cara Gibbs

Cara is a freelance design and lifestyle writer, editor, and stylist residing in Manhattan. Formerly the principal style editor at Luxe Interiors + Design, she now is a regular contributor to Architectural Digest, House Beautiful, Wallpaper, and The Wall Street Journal, among other publications. She is also the co-founder of the artisan marketplace, In The Pursuit, a platform that marries content with commerce through a lifestyle lens.

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