MaryPaul Yates is principal of Yates Design Inc., which provides marketing, design, and color services to the interior furnishings field. She has pioneered innovative materials and environmentally intelligent business models, creating private label and signature fabric and furniture collections for extensive, diverse international clients.
Alongside her design practice, Yates has taught at Parsons School of Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, and Hunter College. A leading color consultant, Yates is one of twelve designers appointed by the Color Association of the US to create the yearly Interior/Environmental forecast providing color information to major industries. Honors for her work include a Ford grant, Coty, Roscoe, IBD, and Best of Neocon awards, and citing in Who's Who in America.
She is the author of Fabrics: A Guide for Interior Designers and Architects, the seminal reference for interior designers, for which she was awarded an ASID Educational Alliance /Joel Polsky Award and Textiles: A Handbook for Designers (both from Norton). She is currently revising the fourth edition of a popular textbook, Textiles for Residential and Commercial Interiors (Fairchild).
Active in numerous professional organizations and initiatives, Yates is honored to be a member of the UGA Board of Visitors. Yates teaches Finishes and Materials in Interior Design, and CAD for Textiles and Design for Industry in Fabric Design.