National_Carrier & Co
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - National_Carrier & Co
radar / REVIEW
The husband-and-wife duo behind design firm
Carrier and Company may be self-admitted
bohemians, though you wouldn’t be quick to make
that guess from a peek at their vast portfolio of high-
profile clients: think Anna Wintour and Jason Wu,
amongst many other fashion greats. Their first foray
in the world of publishing, entitled Carrier and
Company: Positively Chic Interiors, invites you into
the expertly eclectic and all-parts covetable spaces
that they’ve dreamed up since they launched their
firm in 2005. Here, Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller
chime in on their weaknesses, Italian muses and—
what else?—having the illustrious Annie Leibovitz
shoot their family portrait. carrierandcompany.com
for their first BOOK out
this fall, designers jesse
carrier and mara miller
showcase a decade of
their celebrated creations.
written by lacy morris
produced by arlyn hernandez
Above: Jesse Carrier and Mara Miller of New York’s Carrier and Company
pictured in their Manhattan studio. Top right: The couple’s signature mix of
textures and patterns is served up in this inviting living room.
JESSE CARRIER ON...
ANNA WINTOUR: She is the cornerstone of
Carrier and Company: She was our first client
and is still our biggest patron. We did her office
at 4 Times Square and at 1 World Trade Center,
her house in the country and subsequent guest
cottages, her kids’ dorm rooms, their first
apartments and second apartments…it’s an
FINDING THEIR CLIENTS’ VOICES: Our process
generally begins with an interview in their
current home, where we pick up from the visual
clues and figure out what their tolerances are.
Then they’ll come to the office and we’ll put out
piles of fabrics in very loose schemes and say,
“Throw on the floor what you don’t like.” They
start telling us what it reminds them of; their
history starts to come out.
PERSONAL STYLE: We’re terribly practical
people. When left to our own devices, we fall
under the category of bohemian glamour. That’s
code for organic, light and easy, and a little bit
humble and little bit thrift store.
WEAK SPOTS: I’m a big sucker for painted
furniture. I found this Swedish drop-front desk
that’s not the traditional Swedish blue-gray but
rather a funny tomato orange color with a weird
green interior; I just thought it was the prettiest
thing I’d ever seen.
OBJECT ENVY: It’s incredible to think about
where our clients have been and what their
eyes have seen. They have such amazing
collections; Annie’s photography or Anna’s
weird Clarice Cliff pottery. They’re like little
MARA MILLER ON...
ANNIE LEIBOVITZ: Annie is very astute. When we
met to shoot our family portrait, she had already
studied basically every image of us her office
could find. She had analyzed our wardrobe
and knew what she wanted us to wear. It was
remarkable to work with someone at that level of
professionalism. She pieces together personality,
point of view and purpose in her camera work.
PLAYING THE MIND GAME: There’s a lot
of psychology behind design. Everyone has
insecurities, aspirations and fantasies, but it’s
very hard for people to express what they want
the house to portray about them. It really teaches
us a lot when clients don’t like sheen or dump
anything that’s a silk or sateen; some hate heavy
things and reject any velvet or mohair. It starts
to show us what they want the project to say.
THEIR NEW BOOK: We pride ourselves on being
able to fulfill different aesthetics, which is how
we ultimately decided to structure the book.
You’ll see that when we do traditional work, this
is what it’s like. When we do country work, this
is what we think about, etc.
GETTING INSPIRED: We absorb a lot through
magazines and movies. We’ve been to Italy
twice and there are still things that I take away
from there—the color of the sunlight, the amount
of texture in all the materials, the energy.
ART: It’s so emotional and energetic. I don’t like
to know the backstory, what makes the artist
important or what they were thinking….all the stuff
that a collector wants to know. It ruins it for me.
We pick things that feel good or resonate, not
based off the name. It’s not always expected.