Kristie Strasen Biography

Kristie Strasen in her studio

Kristie Strasen has over 25 years experience as an independent design consultant specializing in designing, coloring and styling textiles for both the contract and residential markets. Known for her design vision and intuitive color sense, Strasen has lent her expertise to many important firms throughout North America and Europe over the last two plus decades.

Strasen has won numerous industry awards for excellence in design and is highly regarded for her work with such industry luminaries as Robert Stern, Michael Graves, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Barbara Barry and the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. She has made significant contributions to the Association for Contract Textiles as well as the textile collections of leading North American companies including DesignTex, Stinson, Schumacher, HBF Textiles, and Keilhauer. In addition, Ms. Strasen has designed hand-knotted carpets for Tufenkian Tibetan Carpets. She has also been instrumental in shaping the yarn palettes of leading mills in both North America and Europe.

Strasen formed her consulting firm in 1986 and since that time has been engaged in countless color and design projects. She is highly respected for her ability to work across multiple disciplines and her design expertise is identified with a strong sense of color logic. Her training as a hand weaver imbues Strasen with a keen understanding of the architecture of the woven fabric and has contributed to her success in textile design.

Now designing under her own label, Place Textiles, Strasen has integrated her considerable experience into an exciting vision. Place embodies Strasen’s keen sense of color and quite literally weaves it into a collection of stunning textures. With the official launch of Place in January 2006, Strasen brought a fresh approach to residential and high-end contract textiles.

Strasen has two daughters and lives in Brooklyn, New York.