With a penchant for luxe shagreen, sculptural brass, and sleek, Art Deco-inspired furnishings (many of which are from his own line, Carlyle Collective), it’s no surprise that designer Jordan Carlyle lists Kelly Wearstler and Jacques Grange as two of his biggest inspirations. With his edgy, tactile and utterly cool style, there’s no doubt this young New Yorker is a name to watch.
What inspired this career path for you?
Back in 2002, I was dating a successful interior designer who exposed me to the interior design world. I had never seen anyone live their life with such intent, style, and meaning. This woke my curiosity and he encouraged me to pursue this path.
What is your go-to source of inspiration?
I find inspiration almost anywhere. Traveling for me is an endless source for new ideas. The exposure to different lifestyles, cultures, and architecture continues to expand my creativity.
Tell us about your creative process
My creative process always starts with a meeting with the client and discussing their needs, wants, and design goals for the project. You have to take time with them to understand how they live and get to know their personalities, likes, and dislikes, etc. This sets the framework in which the creative process can build from. I find most every project is initially inspired by a single element that often is a piece of art, furniture, or textile.
Describe your style in 6 words or less
Layered, polished, modern, and tailored
What’s a staple in your tool kit?
No project would be complete without my computer, resource library, and a bottle of Napa Cabernet.
Who do you look up to in the design world?
I am a tremendous fan of Jacques Grange’s interiors. He is such an incredible talent and visionary. I find I am most inspired by how layered and tactile his interiors are, and his blend of traditional furnishings with antiques. His work feels very sculptural to me in a way that I find inspiring.
If you could design a space for anyone, what kind of space would it be and for whom?
For quite sometime I have fantasized about designing a boutique hotel for the Hamptons. In a world that has become so standardized, I’m seeking to create an experience that is unique, curated, and personalized.
Tell us your favorite design-related word, phrase, or quote
“I am going to make everything around me beautiful ― that will be my life.” ― Elsie De Wolfe
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
Hands down, I wouldn’t be able to survive without Viyet and 1stdibs as they are my go-to websites for product sourcing. I also love looking through Architectural Digest and Elle Décor, which I consider the ultimate design magazines.
What do you love about Viyet?
Viyet is a great source for furnishings as it offers a little bit of everything! It has a fun mix of vintage pieces, rugs, and décor.