First Person: Tali Roth

Cara Gibbs

01 September 2020
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NYC-BASED DESIGNER TALI ROTH CONTINUES TO TURN HEADS WITH EACH FASHION-MINDED, UBER-TEXTURED AND CREATIVELY COMFORTABLE INTERIOR SHE COMPLETES. HERE, WE PICKED THE AUSSIE NATIVE’S BRAIN ON SHIFTY QUARANTINE SCHEDULES, DESIGN AS WE KNOW IT, AND THE POWER OF PREDICTABILITY.

RETHINKING

Like everyone else, I’ve been adjusting to a new schedule and a new reality. I have a 5-year-old and a 1-year-old, so between the hours of 7am-7pm my husband and I split the day in half—half work time and half looking after the kids. Pre-COVID, I cooked MAYBE once a month and now I’m cooking three times a day (in other words, constantly). It's chaotic and a little messy, but I’m very grateful. In some ways this unexpected shift has actually been a positive thing, at least in residential interior design. People are investing in their homes more and/or moving to larger spaces with the idea of spending more time at home and with family. I think the pandemic will forever change the way we design spaces. It has made designers (myself included) reassess overheads—do I NEED that office?—as well as an overabundance of staff. This has certainly pushed us all to have leaner businesses.

 

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INFLUENCED

My design work has been most impacted by the 1960s and 70s—both decades have played a major role in my interior design perspective. They remind me of many of the houses I grew up in and around; sporting cool modernist aesthetics and unexpected linearity. I also find that I’m often inspired by my clients, and I get very excited when THEY love a space. I’m also a big sucker for vintage furniture, endlessly searching for the perfect piece that speaks to my client’s aesthetic. I love creating a home with a client, knowing they will live there and build memories in these rooms. Recently, I have been designing a lot of second homes, which are really fun because clients are a little more adventurous and laid back through the process. I have a rather predictable aesthetic: I’m always drawn to chunky over fine or thin lines, I love anything that looks like it could’ve come out of bedrock, and you won't find a lot of patterns in my spaces but rather solid hits of color.

 

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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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