THE MIDST of Manhattan's flower district, above footpaths
filled with blooms, textile designer Kim Parker has created
a charming atelier. Here she designs floral prints sought
after by fashion and interiors clients, including Anna
Sui, Diane von Furstenburg, and the Gap. She attributes
her success in part to the loft where she lives and works.
With high ceilings and huge windows, the space is flooded
with light, while the flower district at her door provides
years Parker lived in a tiny rent-controlled apartment,
but a noisy neighbor made it impossible for her to work
at home. When she finally decided to move, she looked
at 60 apartments before finding this loft on the corner
of 31st Street and Broadway, with its open living area
and kitchen, and upstairs bedroom, bathroom and studio.
Although the rent is three times that of her old home,
the expense paid off. From the day she moved in the phone
hasn't stopped ringing.
has made her apartment a showcase for her designs. Against
walls of original brick (the building is a converted Victorian-era
hotel), her prints make a delightful counterpoint. Furnishings
scoured from the local flea market are covered with her
florals and walls are hung with her exuberant abstracts.
Upstairs the bedroom is decorated with linen from bedding
collections she has designed.
rest of New York seems to be switching on to Parker's
vision of the decorated home. Her fabrics can be found
at Barney's, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman and hip
stores such as Anthropologie. Indeed, chances are that
on most nights Manhattan's most fashionable people will
be tucking themselves into bed with one of Kim Parker's