May 25, 2012
Fab Friday with Jon Call
RB: What do you love most about what you do?JC: The client contact. It's always an amazing experience to decorate a home for someone. Benjamin More "Super White - 02". I have a simple Swedish white four-poster bed, two peekaboo Lucite consoles from CB2 that I use as night tables, with vintage Anglepoise lamps. The bedding is white, the flooring is white, there are white wood blinds with canvas tapes in the windows. People are shocked when they come into my home by how simple everything is. Feltraiger that just opened up down the block. It's so nice having a good clothing store steps away from my front door now. I am spoiled! Living in New York City, I love that there are surprises lurking around every corner. Dutch Tulipiere that was given to me as a gift years ago. It is done in a rustic style so that it almost looks like a barnacle or organic growth. If you look closely you can see the fingerprints of the artist that crafted it, and the glaze is lovingly inconsistent - opaque in some places and translucent in others. Items that reinterpret classic design with a modern ease and sensibility totally turn me on and lend inspiration to my work. Pinterest is the buzzword all across the board. Recently, Mr. Call Designs has been using it to communicate with clients as we shop for their projects. I call it "Design in Real Time" because as I'm actively pulling items for a client's project, they can be on the other end responding to the selections. It has cut our design time in half and it's opened up our design style and aesthetic to a broader community. Most importantly, however, it has created better designs for our clients - allowing them to actively participate in the selection process. RB: I’m always interested in how fellow designers are influenced by their travels, restaurants and daily life. From a design standpoint, where is your most favorite place and what is your favorite restaurant? JC: I've never been, but I have this dream of Tokyo that inspires my work. It just seems like such a melting pot-- an intense density of design influences converging in one place at a completely frenetic pace. Recently I was looking at pictures of business men in tailored Savile Row suits mixing company with kids dressed in club wear with pink hair and incredibly zany outfits. There's a tension there between two polar opposites that provides a type of energy, something that I have always liked to pull into my work. The Standard Grille in the Meatpacking district (whenever I'm lucky enough to get a reservation !). It feels like the "Living Room" of NYC and you never know who you are going to cross paths with. Combined with the fact that they make the best drink in New York, this restaurant is always on my short list. Be sure to order the "Penny Dropper" when you are there: It's my secret vice. RB: Anything else you’d like to tell us about yourself? JC: I'm single.