Book Review : Carrier and Company

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hitting bookshelves tomorrow, 9/22, is the premiere monograph Carrier and Company: Positively Chic Interiors, highlighting a decade of completed work from the portfolio of this East Coast based design firm. Husband & wife partners Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller founded their eponymous company in 2005, after leading successful yet separate careers in artisan driven fields. The pair were prompted to forge their respected talents by "a shared vision for how much better, more interesting, more creative two can be than one."

Selected titles for the book's chapters reflect a spirit and style indicative of each featured project.... "Luxuriously Modern" fittingly describes the Mid-Century Modern home of client Jay Fielden, editor of Town & Country magazine, nestled within the tree filled rolling hills of an idyllic Connecticut town. This is the home that introduced me to Carrier and Company's excellent work, having initially seen the interior photos in Elle Decor's September 2010 issue. Not long after the story was published, the home suffered a devastating fire, resulting in Jay and his wife Yvonne determined to salvage and rebuild. The couple once again turned to Carrier and Company to handle the interior design, due to their distinct ability to blend seasoned with current. Utilizing treasured pieces fortunate enough to be saved, while at he same time layering in recently acquired furnishings, the design duo culminated a style that echos a comfortable elegance set within the backdrop of a quintessential contemporary structure. Images above & below, note the details of expertly mixing a range of periods, from antique to avant-garde, tied together through a calming tone on tone color palette.

In contrast, I absolutely fell in love with Carrier and Company's design of the Sitting Room in NYC's 2014 Kips Bay Showhouse (written previously here) and included in the chapter "Bohemian Glamour." Jesse and Mara infused touches of refined richness at every turn, by selecting a masterful mix of metallic and light reflecting finishes applied to the walls, floors, fabrics, furnishings and accessories that collectively inspire city sophistication & luxe living enveloped by classical architecture. Images above & below....

The 200+ color photographs featured in this hardcover book reveal the level of skilled design expertise that Carrier and Company seemingly makes look effortless....  You'll find yourself hovering over each alluring image, in an effort to understanding the layered design components -- fabrics, furnishings, art, antiques -- that harmoniously achieve a space that is both livable and timeless. Jesse and Mara explain....

"Steadfast longevity is our aim as designers, because we want our clients to enjoy their residences time and time again, and hopefully years from now. Rooms that are timeless, elegant, and chic withstand the tests of time not because they are outside of time but because they manage to survey time - to look forward and backward through the history of design decoration, and style."

*I have The Vendome Press to thank for extending me a copy to preview....

Images The Vendome Press

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