I met Jeffrey Alan Marks in Atlanta last year, briefly of course, but felt he was quit approachable and frankly just down to earth and easy to talk to. He admits, in his new book, to be somewhat quite and reserved, which you probably wouldn't think if you have ever watched him on Bravo's Million Dollar Decorators.
His fresh and timeless design is what I am most impressed with. He has the ability of mixing classic looks with an edgy feel which has earned him recognition as one of today's most influential designers, and listed in Elle Decor's A-List of top 25 decorators - that's huge !
I added his new book, The Meaning of Home, to my ever growing coffee table stack. The one thing about this read - it will calm you and bring you back to the classic look that never dates. Somewhat reminiscent of "As Good as it Gets" - Hampton's beach house - Diane Keaton roamed in her white turtleneck, yet 2014. That movie, a classic, and the feel of that home reminds me of Marks, but with a great surprise in every space !!
Is he infamous for the row boat above his bed? Maybe. But this is the unexpected element that makes his designs stand out and never boring. Elle Decor is by far my favorite publication, it's confident - as is Marks. Congrats for being included in the 25th Anniversary video clip narrated by Editor in Chief - Michael Boodro, sitting in that red chair along with the greats.
Take a look at some of his gorgeous work.
He has just launched a new line of fabrics with Kravet. This designer collaboration, "is inspired by nature, the beach in particular." In college he played water polo and the "water polo nets" pattern started it all, according to Marks.
Take a look at a few of my favorites, all in the blue color ways . . .
His idea of a modern floral.
He chose Kravet to work with because they "aren't corporate." I agree 100%. When I visited their NY offices I felt a sense of family, why ? - family run business. Their main offices are not only beautiful, they are filled with amazing talent, a sense of ease and a spirit. Ninety-Six years, five generations of one family!
Love your collection Jeffrey and congrats.