This month, we highlight one of our most dapper designer clients, who utterly exudes American luxury and impeccable taste. We were lucky enough to get a few moments of Jon Call's time and ask him our most pressing design queries.
5 Questions with...Jon Call of Mr. Call Designs:
Q: If you were writing your Ten Commandments of Design, what would be your top three principles?
A: 1) Invest in a long, lean, tight back sofa. 2) Lamps should never go above 55" in a room. 3) Floor coverings should define the perimeters of a room, not the seating area.
Q: How do you balance your client's preferences and the Mr. Call Designs aesthetic?
A: Crafting a great interior is similar to writing a story. In our case, we allow the clients to set the perimeters of the narrative, and we fill in the blanks accordingly. When that approach doesn't work, a good strong drink always seems to help.
Q: Since summer vacationing time is coming to a close, what would you say is the most awe-inducing place you've ever travelled and why?
A: Warsaw, Poland. Not for the visual scenery or anything like that, but for the creative energy and enthusiasm for good design. As a whole, the country is seeing art and commerce with fresh eyes and the results are intense. I was at a fashion show for designer Gosia Baczynska that was inspired from a short film from the early 80's. In terms of modernism, it redefined the word for me.
Q: You need to get inspiration, to get work done, or a few hours of relaxation. Where's your favorite NYC creative hideaway?
A: The Highline in New York. There is something about climbing those stairs that literally allows you to detach from the city and see it from a new perspective. Those views remind me of why I came to New York in the first place.
Q: What's your favorite piece from the DESIRON collection and why?
A: We recently used the Empire Coffee table in a project of ours. We had it made with burnished copper base and a hammered edge glass top. It was absolutely sick.