"As much as I love pattern, sometimes simple is best. Texture often takes the place of pattern when I try to create a space that reads as harmonious, but definitely not dull. Hand-knotted jute resonates as both luxurious and raw." Influenced by his early conceptual-art studies and recent treks from the outskirts of Istanbul to the depths of the Black Forest, Zak Profera always sees a narrative behind an object or a design. ”I love the idea of a boy and his dog traversing the globe, unearthing ancient treasures, and bringing them back to modernity,” says the NYC-based interior and textile designer. ”There’s an adventurous, romantic spirit in the archetype, and it offers room to create engaging designs with narrative roots.” Zak lives in Manhattan with his “fox,” a Shiba Inu named Shinji.