Wednesday, January 9, 2013

district of chic: darryl carter

ICDC's first "district of chic" profile features Darryl Carter.

One of Architectural Digest's top 100 designers in 2012, Darryl Carter is a lawyer-turned interior designer.

Often labeled a designer of the "new traditional" style, Carter subscribes to the less-is-more philosophy.  He prefers muted colors like "biscuit," "linen," and palest gray, all offset with dark accents from antique furniture and chalk-white walls.  This way, art and furniture are more easily recognized for their craftsmanship and beauty - and can be moved around a home with ease.  “I’m not prone to gratuitous embellishment,” he says. “I like fewer objects that are meaningful in a space.”

Some have likened his style to that of the late Bill Blass.

In his own townhouse, an elegant limestone Beaux Arts building on Embassy Row dating from 1910 and once the chancery of the sultanate of Oman, Carter epitomizes the new traditional style.




A client's home in Pennsylvania:

A country house in the Plains:

A waterfront condominium in Bal Harbour, Florida:

Carter's latest project - a home decor shop and studio, which opened in November - brought him to the Shaw neighborhood, where, in 2008, he purchased a carriage house on a historic cobblestone alley and the 19th-century building across the courtyard.  

“I see a great renaissance in this neighborhood that is craft-driven.” Carter says. “I see artisanal chefs, art galleries and a vibrancy and a return to a communal spirit. We are all pioneering together.” He sought out local craftspeople to custom-make pieces for the shop, such as pottery bowls and mugs created in greige (gray-beige), Carter’s signature non-color.  There are also sturdy steel bookends crafted by Columbia Heights metalworkers Scott Cummings and Joe Wills of Square Form. There is also original art, including “Indivisible,” a map of the United States composed of license plates, by U. S. Marines Michael Haft and Harrison Suarez.  One room has a fabric library with hundreds of textile samples stored in wire baskets.

If Carter's style speaks to you, look up his latest book, The Collected Home By Darryl Carter and his Urban Electric lighting and Benjamin Moore paint lines.

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