Lisa Fine - in a room with her favorite paint color, Sanderson Pink Allure.
We are launching our first “Get To Know” series with interior designer Lisa Fine. She is known for her expertise in mastering the blend of traditional and exotic decor and has an incredible talent for mixing patterns, colors, and layering prints. Fine often attributes this characteristic of her work to a love of travel — particularly to places like India. She carries this cultural and historical inspiration into her textile collection. We’ve asked a few questions to learn more about her work and lifestyle.
Where did you grow up?
If you could sit down and have a conversation with anyone past or present, who would that be and why?
I’m sure my answer will change every time you ask me this question, but I just finished reading “The Splendid and The Vile” so: Winston Churchill. I love his bulliness and sense of humor, but hope my conversation will not take place while he is in the bath!!!
The designer wearing a Jaipur Ahilya dress — her go-to shop in Mumbai.
Where is your favorite place in the world that you’ve visited? Or, where do you feel most inspired?
I’m most inspired in India. Anyone who has ever been will know why. The most amazing places I have visited were Damascus and Aleppo in Syria and Kashgar in Turkestan.
What is your favorite book?
That’s difficult! Off the top of my head I would say: “The Road to Oxiana” by Robert Byron and “The Hare with Amber Eyes” by Edward de Waal.
“Park Street Cemetery in Calcutta is an architectural treasure
and a very special experience.”- Lisa Fine
What is your favorite color combination?
Indigos and Pinks.
The designer traveling in Austria.
Bucket list place to visit?
I want to visit all the great cities of Eastern Europe, Berlin, Budapest, Bucharest. Vienna, Krakow, Warsaw. I also want to go to Israel and Lebanon.
Fine at Silhouette Salon at The Oberoi — New Delhi.
Do you have a favorite hotel?
There is nothing like Silhouette Salon at The Oberoi in New Delhi, my favorite hotel to lockdown!!
If you were going to have to quarantine again and you had 48 hours to get somewhere where would you go?
Dallas, exactly where I am!
The designer in Giza, Egypt.
What’s the one thing you wish you had known prior to starting out on your journey of being a textile designer?
I just wish I had started my journey with textiles twenty years earlier!