source Architectural Digest
It was such a pleasure to get the opportunity to interview Brian J. McCarthy. This AD100 and A-List designer has exceptional taste that even 007 might be a touch envious. Mr. McCarthy has one of the most well done Instagram feeds that I have seen in a long time. His blend of personal and business photographs are picture perfect.
There are so many reasons that I admire Mr. McCarthy from his love of John Lobb shoes to his deep understanding of design history. Did I mention his one of a kind wit? Trust me this interview is fun, educational and straight to the point. So lets jump right in with Mr. Brian J. McCarthy.
What manufacturer would your firm love to team up with and why?
HERMES because they are a company that greatly respects its past while always looking forward in a modern way and never compromises quality. I have always admired their commitment to design. Plus they own John Lobb and there is no better men’s shoe in the world. I would love to design and manufacture a line of furniture, lighting, and objet with Hermes.
What does getting on the AD100 mean to your firm?
You know, when you’re not on the list, and I have not always been, you convince yourself it doesn’t matter. But then you get a call and are told you are on the list and you suddenly feel like you’ve arrived. In my case, I arrived after 30 years of working in the business. Better late then never, eh?
What technology tool is vital to your process?
Auto Cad, Photoshop, 3D rendering and modeling
Are there any plans for future books?
Not at the moment but certainly in the future…that is if my clients will allow me to publish their homes. Sadly that can be a struggle for us.
If Andrea Palladio were alive what would he think of the new developments in architecture?
Well I think he would absolutely marvel with delight at some and be equally horrified by the rest. Sadly I think “the rest” might push him back into his grave.
What is a design motto you and your firm live by?
Eyes wide open
How do you communicate your vision to the client?
Communication is key. And I do mean live in person communication! We use floorplans, renderings, samples. We put it all in front of them so there are no guessing games and no surprises. You must be sure engage not only the clients brain and eyes but also their touch.
Describe what you like most about coming to work everyday.
I love to come to work because my great team in the office inspires me daily and I sure hope they feel the same! I also love the fact that every project we do is different. No two alike. What a bore if that weren’t the case!
How important is eco-friendly to your firm?
It is certainly important and we try to keep it in mind as much as we can but until the industry and for that matter, the world really integrates it into every aspect of the manufacturing, there are just not sufficient options currently out there for us.
What trend so you see happening in 2017 for interior design and hospitality design?
Can I be frank? I hate that question. I get it all the time and I think I used to make up answers just to get past the question but no more. I hate trends. Trends are needed as a sales tool for the masses. I’m not interested in creating for the masses. Trends come and go. Trends are boring. Trends are destructive. How’s that for an answer?
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