For this Los Angeles pattern maker, designing is an endless summer.
Trina Turk is a conjurer, a designer of vivid patterns that bring to mind retro pool parties and tiki torch dinners. She draws on her deep catalog of fabric designs to make everything from coverlets to cocktail napkins with bold patterns that pair blissfully well with an ocean view.
Turk’s playful, bold choices when it comes to color and pattern have become her trademark. She takes inspiration for new designs, like the Peacock Punch Duvet Set ($190 - $220, trinaturk.com), from everything from architecture and vintage clothing to exotic travel destinations. “We love to work brights in with neutrals and have found that often is what makes a successful print,” she says.
Living by the sea in California her entire life has no doubt informed Turk’s designs. “A trip to the beach is always inspirational,” she says. “The colors, the hues, the patterns of sunlight on the water, the movement of waves. They’ve all influenced my collections.” The embroidered teal and blue waves on her Ventura Embroidered Pillow ($105, wayfair.com) are just one example of a product that was designed with the sea in mind.
Turk’s ready-to-wear line has expanded into an all-encompassing brand, offering everything from beach towels to cell phone covers. Her foray into designing women’s shoes, which includes the Berkeley Sandal ($248, trinaturk.com), is just one more way she’s translating the personality of her home state into clothing and accessories, with each pair inspired by a different CA city. “The colors of California, the modern architecture, the museums, the vibrant energy from the mixing of cultures, the creativity, informality and of course, the weather, all blend to form a really unique environment,” she says.
Available in four vibrant hues, Turk’s Mojave Embroidered Cocktail Napkins ($54, trinaturk.com) will steal the show at any summer table with their detailed geometric pattern. The designer’s knack for creating pattern stems from her early love of rooting through vintage clothing stores and her adventurer’s attitude. “I turn to the same sources for pattern inspiration--architecture, vintage clothing, travel destinations, really it could be just about anything,” she says.
While bright colors are a hallmark of Turk’s brand, she’s also mastered the art of blending natural hues to create striking patterns. Many of the hue combos come from her observations while trekking to places like Big Sur, Palm Springs, and Tiburon, California. “We recreate the natural palettes of these places in our prints,” she says. (Tiburon Driftwood Pillow; $160, trinaturk.com)