A former partner of the legendary design firm Parish-Hadley, award-winning designer Brian J. McCarthy graduated from New York City’s Pratt Institute and has worked on projects around the world. In 2005, McCarthy designed the private quarters and refurbished the State Rooms in Winfield House, the official residence of the Ambassador to the Court of St. James. Additionally, McCarthy has designed an array of stunning private residences around the United States.
New York designer Brian J. McCarthy likens his process to that of a painter, adding one decorative layer upon another to create homes that are intimate portraits of his clients. Starting from a deep understanding of design history, McCarthy creates welcoming interiors that put luxe materials and handcrafted elements squarely at the fore.
He also prizes curious, artful objects that serve as surefire conversation starters: bronze Claude Lalanne consoles with crocodile-shaped tops or vast Atelier Mériguet-Carrère plaster panels carved with nature scenes.
In his latest book, Luminous Interiors, he explores nine of his favorite projects around the country, from the Hamptons to Southern California. Gorgeous, inspiring photographs, alongside McCarthy’s personal, informative text, take the reader through his creative process, offering insight into his inspiration and the design decisions by which his plans become reality. Meticulously layering interior architecture, finishes, furniture, art, and decorating objects, McCarthy creates rooms that seem to have lived lives of their own.
McCarthy is honored to be a member of Architectural Digest’s AD100 and Elle Decor’s A-List and his work has been featured in many publications, including House Beautiful, Elle Decor, New York Magazine (100 Best), The New York Times, and Veranda, as well as in several books.
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