Geoffrey Ross Interview… By Terry

gift show 223Geoffrey Ross and John Dransfield are the influential designers behind their eponymous, sixteen-year old, New York City based, home furnishings company, Dransfield and Ross.

Geoffrey Ross’ talents as a designer of high-end textiles have enriched the collections of Scalamandre in New York and Nobilis in Paris.

Melding their passions, they have created a collection of home goods with an idiosyncratic mix of textures and colors, infused with their encyclopedic knowledge of the decorative arts.  Besides their existing categories of soft furnishings, they have recently broadened the scope of their collection under the banner of “Mise en Scene” by Dransfield and Ross” to include furniture, decorative accessories, as well as desk and bath accessories.

Dransfield and Ross products have received impressive editorial coverage in Architectural DigestBon AppetitConnecticut Cottages and GardensCoastal LivingDominoElle DécorFood and WineHampton’s Cottages and GardensHouse BeautifulIn StyleMartha Stewart LivingMetropolitan HomeO at HomeThe New York TimesTown and Country and Vogue Living. Their homes have been prominently featured in House Beautiful MagazineElle Décor and Hampton Cottages and Gardens.

Terry: What is your motto?
Geoffrey:  “Unparalleled glamour is not for the squeamish”.

Terry: What do you most value in your friends?
Geoffrey:  A generosity of kindness.

Terry: What is your favorite characteristic in yourself?
Geoffrey:  A sense of adventure.

Terry: What natural gift would you like most to possess?
Geoffrey: I’m a klutz what can I say…

Terry: What would be your most indulgent day?
Fall sales at Christies, with a blank check that won’t bounce.

Terry: What is your most precious to your heart cause?
Geoffrey: We are founding board members of a charity called “Earthly Delights”.  We raise funds for New Jersey’s under funded public gardens.  I’m a big believer in how natural beauty brings out the best in civilization.

Terry: If your life was a title of a song, what would it be?
Well, I’m a big Sondheim fan so it would have to be “I Never Do Anything Twice”

Terry: What place do you go to when you need to settle your mind?
Geoffrey: My garden to work up a sweat.

Terry: Seen anything weird lately?
Geoffrey: We just saw Robert Wilson’s opera “Zinnia”.  Weirdness is a close relation to rare beauty, you eye just has to get use to it.

Terry: Do you believe in love at first sight AND
do you believe in it happening over and over again?
Geoffrey: Lust at first sight, yes, love at first sight, no.  

Terry: What inspires you?
This relates back to weirdness.  I often find beauty and inspiration in strangeness.  The french had a term for it jolie laide.  It means a beautiful ugly person but I use it across the board.  Look at someone like Diana Vreeland.  She was both ugly and beautiful.  That’s inspired.