"Furnishings, color, art and accessories should resonate a feeling of affection and visual pleasure."
We looked to interior designer and Frette Bespoke specialist Katia Graytok to learn more about the world of infinite possibilities in customisable linen and what inspires her.
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What determined your passion for design?
I was fortunate enough to be exposed to art history, architecture and design at a very early age. My father was an engineer and a landscape designer. We moved several times so I was able to observe my parents sense of style and instant redecoration. I studied design, painting and color theory.
What inspires you?
Every shade of blue, the future, adventure travel, cycling in the park early in the morning, food, fashion, family, friends and love.
Can you remember your first design project?
I designed a line of wall coverings and fabrics inspired by Japanese Folk Art Textiles.
How do you best describe Frette Bespoke?
Frette Bespoke brings a superior level of artistry and flawless craftsmanship to a field of couture linens and bedding. We can monogram a Euro Sham and Towel or embroider a top sheet and shams providing our customers with a personalized custom ensemble. Whether a home, yacht or private jet, we have the experience and the highly skilled teams to bring your vision to life. If you dream it, Frette can make it happen.
What is the best decorating advice you can offer someone?
I believe the home should reflect the family and not entirely the designer. I thrive on visual objects and their unexpected placement in a room. Furnishings, color, art and accessories should resonate a feeling of affection and visual pleasure.
What is your favorite book, magazine, or site on design?
I adore design blogs, such as Apartment Therapy, Habitually Chic, Blouin Artinfo, Design Milk, Design Spotter and Miss Moss. Magazines including Departures, Elle Decor, Smithsonian and Azure Magazine. Some of my favorite books are The Four Books on Architecture by Andrea Palladio and The Poetics of Space by Gaston Bachelard.
What are the most important elements when designing a bedroom / room?
A mattress and frame are the single most important element. You will be living with them for quite a while. Competing with the mattress are the linens and the pillows. Select sheets that are cozy against your skin and blankets that provide the level of warmth for various times of the year. Soft lighting to provide a relaxing atmosphere, window treatments that function to control light and enhance the beauty and aesthetic of the room. A soothing color palette of pale blues, grays and whites are my favorites. An area rug to greet you as you step out of bed in the morning.
What does it feel like to wrap yourself in Frette sheets or Frette bath?
Like I am on vacation at a luxury hotel. I have slept on our linens around the world. I believe that you can judge the quality of a hotel by their linens, towels and bathrobes.
Do you prefer your sheets to be linen, sateen, percale, or poplin?
I slept on linen sheets for the first time when I stayed at hotels in France, Italy and Greece. They were, of course, Frette. Linen sheets are wonderfully cool in the summer. My latest Frette acquisition is Sirmione Percale. The embroidery was inspired by the Frette Archive of the 1920’s.
What is on your bedside table?
A Chopard porcelain dish inscribed with love to hold my trinkets, my Ipad, a photo of my parents, a Lalique lamp from the 1930’s bought in the Marais in Paris and Santa Maria Novella hand lotion… and, of course, books I wish I had time to read.