September 25, 2017
The Multifaceted Design World of Jordan Carlyle
Jordan Caryle, of Carlyle Designs, is known for his Pop Art-influenced artwork, an accessories line inspired by his artwork, and interior projects with a luxurious attention to detail.
by New York Spaces
NYS: Where are you and what are you working on right now?
Jordan Carlyle: I just recently got back from a wonderful summer trip to Croatia. Traveling for me is an endless source for new ideas and to recharge. I am now back in New York and ready to take on winter. Career-wise, we currently working on a wide range of challenging design projects, on new prototypes for furnishings and experimenting with a different direction for my artwork.
NYS: We are fascinated by your career trajection, so get ready for a lot of questions: How did you go from working with antiques to beginning a career as a visual artist?
Jordan Carlyle: I'm not sure, if either one was influenced by the other as both began at very different chapters of
my life. I think the groundwork for my artistry began as a young boy. My childhood was less than ideal, at the age of 10, I was moved from Alabama to Mississippi and was raised in a foster home for 9 years. On my eleventh birthday I was gifted a 35mm camera for Christmas and began taking pictures of nature and landscapes.
After graduating from high school I moved to Miami, Florida where I began working for an antique collector and dealer. At the time I really had no idea how much this chapter in my life would go on to influence my career as an interior designer. His appreciation, love, and knowledge behind the world of collecting has played an important role in influencing my design aesthetic and passion for quality and great craftsmanship. It helped me develop an eye and understanding for quality, which is very important in our industry.
In 2002 I moved to Los Angeles, where I began to study interior architecture. I realized very early on that I wanted to create my own business. This meant I needed to get my name out there and turn it into a brand. It was during that time I begin creating and selling my artwork. Art for me is an extension of my design creativity as a designer.
NYS: What is Carlyle Fine Art known for?
Jordan Carlyle: Today I would say Carlyle Fine Art is most well known for its Pop Art-influenced land and cityscapes, photo collages, as well as an accessories line inspired by my artwork. In 2008, Crate & Barrel/ Cb2 featured my art in their stores nationwide which lead to a home accessory line—sold at London's Harrods and Harvey Nichols department stores to name a few.
NYS: How would you describe your aesthetic?
Jordan Carlyle: I would describe my style as an eclectic mix of clean lines and sleek, monochrome schemes with pops of rich color, bespoke metals and brass detailing, mixed with vintage pieces.
NYS: We love that Crate & Barrel/Cb2 featured your Pop Art-inspired work in stores. Tell us about them?
Jordan Carlyle: Working with Crate & Barrel/ Cb2 has been a great experience. After the economy crash in 2008, I made a decision to take Carlyle Fine Art into a more commercial direction. I felt Crate & Barrel/ Cb2 would be the ideal partner to showcase my artwork as they have a history of collaborating with young artist and interior designers. It has been a great partnership going into its seventh year.
NYS: Did that lead to your accessories lines for Harrods and Harvey Nichols? Tell us about them!
Jordan Carlyle: The success from Crate & Barrel/ Cb2 definitely gave me the opportunity to take my art to the next level. An accessories line felt like the next step and natural evolution for the brand. Harrods & Harvey Nichols has definitely been one of the highlights in my career.
NYS: We love that you keep reinventing yourself, or actually jumping off of one venture and into another. Tell us about your furniture line, Carlyle Collective?
Jordan Carlyle: Thankfully I am in a profession that has allowed me to pursue my passions in this multifaceted creative world. Anyone who really knows me understands that I am always looking ahead at the next step. Life to me is about evolving and taking risk.I have always welcomed growth and challenges as well as even a few failures. As George R. Zalucki once so eloquently said, "Without Failure There Can Be No Success!"
The evolution of Carlyle Collective has been an exciting venture. The concept for the company really stemmed from the desire to create pieces that were bespoke and unique to our clients. In 2013, I formed Carlyle Collective, what started as solely my own designs, has now evolved to include select pieces from some of my favorite designers.
NYS: When and why did you open Carlyle Designs?
Jordan Carlyle: In 2006, I finished college where I studied Interior Architecture. During this time my artwork had really began to turn into a business. The success allowed me to carefully plan the next steps of my career. I landed my first design project in Los Angeles after receiving some press for my artwork. This lead to the opening of Carlyle Designs, in 2007.
NYS: What kind of materials do your designs usually include?
Jordan Carlyle: Carlyle Designs has become known for its use of luxurious materials and attention to detail. Our projects almost always consist of bespoke furniture and would not be complete without its brass and marble details.
NYS: How do you balance your many ventures with your interior design work?
Jordan Carlyle: It's definitely can be challenging trying to balance the different roles each venture requires.
Thankfully I have a wonderful team that helps me keep everything running smoothly. Often my ambition gets ahead of reality and I have to remind myself to slow down, as they say, "Rome wasn't built in a day."
NYS: What are you working on now?
Jordan Carlyle: We currently are working on a variety of projects ranging from apartments, townhouses, and single-family homes. We have been working on a house in the Pacific Palisades that a little over 14,000 square feet and will be there second home we've done for this client. Another exciting project we are getting ready to finish is an apartment at the at the Cast Iron building located in Tribeca by Shigeru Ban. It's a project that we've been working on for over 2.5 years and one of my favorite to-date. On the development side of our business we are working on a six-story townhouse development, located on the Upper East Side.
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