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The Best Of | The Modern Sybarite | My Design “Crush” Brian J. McCarthy

An alumni of the famed Parish-Hadley design studio that produced so many of today’s well-known designers in the U.S., Brian J. McCarthy is in the league with the crème de la crème of interior designers worldwide.

His classic overall style tends towards an unpretentious European aesthetic.  He achieves this by striking a balance with the right amount of premium old world decorative art to make a statement, but to not overwhelm a space.  He then infuses his rooms with modern fine art, whether an oil on canvas or a photograph, to zap it into the 21st century. The results are marvelous … just ask former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, whose home in London was designed by Brian.

Like his colleagues at the very, very top, Brian is a maestro at utilizing artisans to create furnishing for his spaces.  But one thing that amazes me is that he also uses artisans to work on all the surfaces in a room.  One can observe that the plaster and woodwork in the featured rooms is simply magnificent.  The pattern, texture and colors of the floors, walls and ceilings are truly First Class.

Just think.  How ordinary the walls on the above room would be if they were plastered as most walls are?  How different would the loggia appear if the concave ceiling was slick, and instead of Claude Lalanne’s gilt-bronze Trône de Pauline chair and a Candida Höfer photo you had tapestries or contemporary junk. How different the bathroom would look if it was tiled or painted instead of having the exquisite sunburst wood paneling on the wall AND the hand made shower enclosure?   Everything with Brian’s interiors is outstanding and that is why I have a design “crush” on his work!

image credits: Brian J. McCarthy, Inc.

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Interior Designer, art advisor and blogger, Richard Rabel brings fresh perspectives on art + design for today’s interior in his blog TheModernSybarite.

Based in New York City, Richard is consistently asked by his clients for advice on art, design and decoration and ultimately provides clients with livable, warm and unique interiors that reflect a 21st century lifestyle based on his rich experience in fine and decorative art of all periods.

A multi-linguist with a ten-year career as a senior director and specialist with Christie’s, the London-based global auction house, Richard has lived in seven countries and has had access to some of the most exquisite and exclusive spaces.  From San Francisco to Mexico City, Sao Paulo to Geneva, Istanbul to Delhi and Sydney to Shanghai, the breadth of his travels has cultivated his eye and contributed to defining his exacting taste and modern aesthetic.
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  • http://twitter.com/CustomizedWalls Laurie Laizure

    Gorgeous mix of textures and patterns. Love it!


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