“I have very diverse work, but it’s all about pattern, color, material, and finishes,” says Laura Guido-Clark, whose career segued from interior design (which she never actually practiced) to textile design. After designing for other companies for a few years, Guido-Clark started a firm 16 years ago with a friend. Working for companies as diverse as Mattel, Toyota, and InterfaceFLOR, she has learned valuable lessons from each: “Barbie taught me to never be afraid of pink, it’s a neutral, and FLOR has taught me that being shaped like a box helps you think outside it.” A line of bedding she designed with Karen John is now available at Design Within Reach.