Parker is an internationally acclaimed artist, textile designer
and author. The British press have called her "the American
queen of floral design, and a pioneer of the new revolution in
bold color and pattern design." She is the winner of The
ELLE Decoration U.K. Award, The
D&D Award (Design & Decoration), and The
Observer Magazine Award for "best in flooring design"
in the U.K. with her designer rug "Mums & Asters"
for The Rug Company.
Kim Parker Home ®
brand was launched in 2001, and includes a lifestyle range of
designer rugs, dinnerware, giftware, bedding, bath, fabrics, decorative
pillows, stationery and wall art. In October 2006, the designer
introduced her new dinnerware and giftware collections with Spode
at the Tabletop Market Week in New York.
In April 2007, Kim Parker Home ®
by Spode tableware launched at the Macy's
Flower Show at Herald Square in New York City.
Her designer rug collection is represented by
The Rug Company, the U.K.'s premier flooring label,
and is sold worldwide in the following cities: New York,
Miami, Los Angeles, London, Brussels, Madrid, Barcelona, Mexico,
Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Moscow, Hong Kong and Dubai.
In 2004, Kim Parker Home ® bedding
and bath collections launched at Bloomingdale's and
became a bestseller--the first designer brand to achieve bestseller
status in the retailer's bedding department. In publishing, Parker
has licensing agreements with Galison and
Graphique de France for her calendar and stationery ranges;
and with Editions Limited for her wall art collections.
In February 2006 at Toyfair, Scholastic Media
launched the designer's whimsical new children's label, Kim
Parker ® Kids. The brand includes
a line of educational plush toys, backpacks, hand puppets, giftware,
wall art and giftwrap based on her critically-acclaimed first
children's book, Counting in the Garden which
is recommended and endorsed by both PBS.ORG and
The New York Times.
In May 2008,
Kim Parker Home: A Life in Design
was published by Stewart, Tabori & Chang, an
imprint of Harry N. Abrams Books. This visually
stunning new design book /memoir is recommended
by THE TIMES, VANITY FAIR, IMAGE INTERIORS,
LIVING ETC , and THE U.K. PRESS ASSOCIATION.
Her work has appeared in the following publications:
VOGUE (UK), HOUSE & GARDEN (UK), ELLE DECORATION
(UK), VOGUE LIVING AUSTRALIA, THE WORLD of INTERIORS, BRITISH
HOMES & GARDENS, The LONDON TIMES, The LONDON GUARDIAN, THE
OBSERVER, THE INDEPENDENT, IMAGE INTERIORS (IRELAND) ,YOU (UK),The
U.K. PRESS ASSOCIATION, LIVING ETC (UK), The IRISH NEWS, THE BIRMINGHAM
MAIL, THE STAR-TELEGRAM, The NEW YORK TIMES, COUNTRY LIVING, GRAZIA
& CASE da ABITARE (Italy), ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST (Germany &
France) , ELLE, WWD, ELLE DECOR, METROPOLITAN HOME, MARTHA STEWART
WEDDINGS, SOUTHERN ACCENTS, WALLPAPER, HAMPTONS, VERANDA, OPRAH,
TRADITIONAL HOME, INTERIOR DESIGN, HOME, BAZAAR, METROPOLIS, HOUSE
BEAUTIFUL, WESTERN INTERIORS & DESIGN, SHOP Etc, LAS VEGAS
LIFE & DESIGN, CALIFORNIA STYLE, The WASHINGTON POST, The
LOS ANGELES TIMES, NEWSDAY, NY POST'S PAGE SIX MAGAZINE, TABLEWARE
TODAY & OBERLIN ALUMNI Magazine.
Kim Parker made her television debut in August 2004,
as a featured designer on the FINE LIVING NETWORK hit
lifestyles series: Sheila Bridges Designer Living. The
segment: Design Feature (Episode 309), focuses on Kim Parker's
life in design. The segment has been broadcast throughout the
2004-2007 seasons. MORE
Her work was also featured on the NBC TODAY
SHOW in June of 2004; and on the 2005 ELLE DECO
International Design Awards, which is broadcast on the
Discovery Home Channel. For more information
on the designer's television appearances, please visit the newsletter
PARKER ® BRANDS:
designer's lifestyle collections of dinnerware, giftware,
designer rugs, wallhangings, bedding, bath, decorative
pillows, fabrics, wall art and stationery. They are
carried in retail and specialty stores throughout the
United States and in Europe.
Parker Kids ®--Based on her critically-acclaimed
first children's book, Counting In the Garden
(Scholastic, 2005), the author's new label, Kim
Parker Kids ®, is an exciting
new children's brand which is represented by Scholastic
& Residential Interior Design
IN THE MEDIA:
Kim Parker’s rise to international renown as a
designer and artist is truly the story of the American dream.
Her bedding and bath line launched at Bloomingdale’s, and
she recently introduced new dinnerware and giftware collections
for Spode at Macy's.--- HARRY N. ABRAMS
"The 50 Most Desireable Objects in British Design":
Kim Parker's award-winning designer rug "Mums
and Asters" for The Rug Company, is
chosen as one of the "50 Most Desireable Objects in British
Design" by ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST
DESIGNER SPEAK: Top
US designers share their passion for British style
and recommend some of their favorite London addresses:
KIM PARKER Textile designer and artist: "For me,
British design is extremely fresh and innovative, successfully
combining Old World charm with a contemporary flair. There is
great wit, courage and intelligence in British design. As a huge
fan of the Arts & Crafts movement, I have always loved the
designs of William Morris--And my own designs have been referred
to as "modern Arts & Crafts" for their densely populated
patterns. I often employ British names and words when naming my
collections such as Jane Austen's Emma, for my Emma's
Garland tableware collection for Spode" --
BRITISH HOMES & GARDENS
HOT TREND! FABULOUS
FLORALS-- You know summer's arrived when a crop of bright,
botanical-inspired prints hits the shops.Our pick of the bunch
includes US textile designer Kim Parker's 'Portulaca' wall hanging
for The Rug Company. Flower-lover Kim has the perfect reason for
getting into the trend: 'Flowers are organic and emotional--unlike
geometric forms, they represent life,' she says.
ELLE DECORATION U.K.
"Eclecticism is not only Kim Parker's approach
to home decorating - it's also her approach to her creative life.
Parker's Manhattan apartment embodies her varied tastes.Vivid
floral fabrics and paintings predominate, yet the resulting riot
of hues is surpringly harmonious."
"This US artist and textile designer won last
year's ELLE Decoration Design Award for Best in Flooring for her
enchanting 'Mums and Asters' rug for The Rug Company. She now
has a number of new designs out, guaranteed to melt the most minimalist
ELLE DECORATION U.K.
"Welcome to what is probably the most boldly
floral interior you have ever seen. It belongs to American artist
and textile designer Kim Parker, best known in this country for
her award-winning and extremely floral Mums And Asters rug."
The LONDON GUARDIAN
"Fashionable people will be tucking themselves
into bed with Kim Parker's charming prints."
"The bedding, rugs & fabrics that make up
her first line, KIM PARKER HOME,
call to mind the rigorous elegance of the Arts and
Crafts movement." ELLE Magazine
"Kim Parker's designs are deftly orchestrated
pastoral symphonies of brilliant color." COUNTRY
"This New York artist is perfectly poised to
succeed with her own label, with its sassy signature."
In April 2005, Scholastic, Inc. published Kim Parker's
first children's book, "Counting In the Garden."
) YABooksCentral.com recently published an interview with the
Scholastic author, where she talks about her inspiration for creating
this visually stunning concept book.
Parker is a graduate of
Oberlin Conservatory of Music in
Ohio, with a degree in flute performance. She is featured in the
December 2004 issue of Oberlin Alumni Magazine. To read please