About Textiles + Color

Offering consulting services and color work informed by three decades of industry experience, Textiles + Color is the latest project from industry renowned textile designer Kristie Strasen. 

Kristie Strasen has over 30 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, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and the Chicago Art Institute. 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 and provides color direction for Edelman Leather LLC.  She has also been instrumental in shaping the yarn palettes and design direction of leading mills in both North America, Europe and Turkey.

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.

Strasen founded Place Textiles - a small artisanal company that specialized in fabrics of durable luxury.  The Place brand established an integrated color palette of exceptional textiles in sumptuous textures and rich colors. Strasen sold Place Textiles in 2015. 

Strasen has two daughters and one precocious feline and a comical wirehaired dachshund. She lives and works in White Salmon, WA in the magnificent Columbia River Gorge.