The first influences on Nancy Huangâ€™s taste in design were her grandparents, with whom she grew up in Philadelphia. The fact that they were ardent collectors has been echoed in her own adult life, but their preferences for early American furniture eventually caused her to shy away from that stiff, formal style. Even at twelve years old, she resolved that her own future home would have deep seating, rich textiles and lots of patterns. This understandable, if negative, reaction to her childhood surroundings underlines the supremely warm, comfortable look which is now the hallmark of her work. Before she embarked on her now well-established career, she worked as a dress designer in Paris, travelling to Beirut and Istanbul to buy antique textiles for evening clothes. She also bought many fabrics at auction, and the richness of these stuffs gave her an appreciation of traditional patterns and textures which she found hard to equal in contemporary designs. She still prefers old fabrics, and most of the soft furnishings in her present flat are antique.