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Darryl Carter's whole home design portfolio reflects his keen sense of style and understanding of composition, proportion and scale. There is a complexity to the forms that demonstrate Baker’s abilities in the art of fine furniture-making and Carter’s appreciation of design in its purest sense. The collection resonates with the familiarity of traditional form, nods to the utilitarian discipline of mid-20th century design, and captures the spirited chic of fashionable understatement.
Darryl Carter often jokes that his career found him. A lawyer by training; his first published project landed on the cover of Metropolitan Home. A rare client base ensued rather immediately, together with a Darryl Carter branded furniture collection for Neiman Marcus shortly thereafter.
With nearly two decades of diverse portfolio commissions, from private compounds and restaurants to corporate technology headquarters and a historic hotel in the offing, the Washington DC-based designer has earned an international following. Distinguished by an unusual dexterity, his work has a discernable and finite style that is everlasting and outstanding; a virtual study in contrast marked by a seamless alchemy of architecture integrating with interiors – populated with pieces from the modern to the antique. His design ethos is precise; marrying classical elements of the past with present, while nothing is ever of the moment.
This collection profoundly speaks of Darryl’s design sense; embracing classical and sleek forms reimagined in mixed mediums, original textures, hands, patinas and geometrics. The collection is thoughtful. While each of the pieces is singularly unique, in the collective they can be individually curated to suit any lifestyle.
Darryl firmly believes that in this age of “instant” – the home should remain a bastion of tranquility that expresses the individual. No two homes should ever be the same.
His projects are routinely featured on the covers and pages of the industry’s most preeminent shelter publications – earning him accolades … among them he has been recognized as one of the top 100 designers on the world by Architectural Digest and Elle Décor recognized him in the inaugural “A-List” of top designers in American. He has authored two best-selling books, The New Traditional and The Collected Home.
In 2012, Darryl opened his namesake retail boutique in a Pre-Civil War structure in Washington DC’s burgeoning Shaw District. In 2013 The Wall Street Journal singularly named the boutique as the only “must visit retail” in Washington, DC. The boutique is bespoke in its offerings – from hand crafted, glazed dinnerware and mouth-blown crystal to furniture designed by Darryl, and unusual antiquities.