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Professor Clare Johnston

Professor Clare Johnston is Head of Colour at ColourandPaint.com, Head of Textiles at the Royal College of Art and a consultant in colour and textile design for fashion and interiors. As leader of the RCA Materials for Living hub, Clare explores the interconnecting practices of design and material science. Clare is also a board member of the Material and Design Exchange (MADE), which is part of the UK Materials Knowledge Transfer Network linking the creative industries to science and technology. She was an adviser on the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network exhibition MADE in the Future (Milan, 2010) and took part in the mission to the Netherlands Designing out Waste in 2011.

Clare set up her own textile design studio in 1979, collaborating with many British and international labels including Liberty, Yves Saint Laurent, Cacharel and Diane von Fürstenberg.In 1986, Clare Johnston became the principal lecturer and course leader at Brighton Polytechnic. She returned to fashion in 1990 as a colour and fabric designer for the Marks & Spencer womenswear design team. In 1998 Claire was appointed Head of Design at Liberty of London and has also consulted on colour and design for companies such as B&Q, Crown Paints, Akzo Nobel China, Carphone Warehouse Nitya Fashions, Paris. 

Clare says of her work on the Mr & Mrs Smith – At Home colour palette: 'As Mr & Mrs Smith are the experts in seeking out the most design-led destinations, the colours needed to work not only as the perfect palette for stylish interiors, but also holistically as a selection of colours that complement each other. Recent trends mean people no longer feel bound by rules and are braver in their choices, but they are still looking for longevity, particularly in interiors. So, inspired by the seasons and my own love of travel, I've included bold, striking colours packed with personality, and offset them with more muted classic tones.'