Charlotte Cosby

Charlotte Cosby

To celebrate Farrow & Ball’s 70th anniversary, Charlotte Cosby created three 1940s-style wallpaper designs: Gable, a rural scene; Enigma, inspired by a wartime enciphering machine; and Arcade, referencing Art Deco.

To celebrate Farrow & Ball’s 70th anniversary, Charlotte Cosby created three 1940s-style wallpaper designs: Gable, a rural scene; Enigma, inspired by a wartime enciphering machine; and Arcade, referencing Art Deco.

To celebrate Farrow & Ball’s 70th anniversary, Charlotte Cosby created three 1940s-style wallpaper designs: Gable, a rural scene; Enigma, inspired by a wartime enciphering machine; and Arcade, referencing Art Deco.

To celebrate Farrow & Ball’s 70th anniversary, Charlotte Cosby created three 1940s-style wallpaper designs: Gable, a rural scene; Enigma, inspired by a wartime enciphering machine; and Arcade, referencing Art Deco.

To celebrate Farrow & Ball’s 70th anniversary, Charlotte Cosby created three 1940s-style wallpaper designs: Gable, a rural scene; Enigma, inspired by a wartime enciphering machine; and Arcade, referencing Art Deco.

Le club Zouev, maison de la culture pour ouvriers, bâti en 1927. Le Garage de Dasha Zhukova imaginé en 2015 par Rem Koolhaas.

The Zuev Workers’ Club, a cultural center built in 1927. Dasha Zhukova’s Garage, designed by Rem Koolhaas in 2015.

Meet the creative director of the British paint and wallpaper company Farrow & Ball as she talks about her career and shares her most special place, in images and words.

Elephant’s Breath, Nancy’s Blushes and Charlotte’s Locks are not the playful names that Charlotte Cosby gave to the make-up and lipsticks she concocted and sold at the age of seven, but colors made by Farrow & Ball, the Dorset-based manufacturer, which she joined in 2006. Charlotte’s childhood was filled with paint and colors, but as a teen, she dreamed of being a pilot or doctor, and studied science, algebra and English. Her spare time, however, was taken up with creative pursuits. Now 33, she brings out a fresh collection of wallpapers every year, and develops a new color every two or three years. When a new color joins the collection, which is limited to 132 hues, an existing one is withdrawn, carefully archived for its devotees. Little influenced by fashion, the colors are inspired by trips to Japan or Paris, her friends, history and the work of artists she admires. For her, the leitmotif of this issue of Air France magazine“being an island” evokes the freedom to experiment, as well as England, the only country where she feels able to create. An island where she can bring to fruition her globetrotting discoveries and memories.

“The place where I feel most at home … is the Purbeck region in Dorset (in southwest England). It is the perfect place to be yourself and to relaxI cannot get a smartphone signal there. Nature is everywhere: the countryside is full of narrow footpaths lined with trees and bushes where birds tweet and chirp. If the sun is shining, it heightens the landscape and the Channel acquires navy and turquoise hues (you’d think you were by the Mediterranean). The sky is wide open and often the moon glows. The light at the end of the day is incredible and you feel like spending the night under the stars with friends or family. In spring, the flowers give off a subtle fragrance, while the summer smells of cut grass. For me, the most magical moments are misty nights. I love the changeability of this place.”

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