LUXList Designer Edition | Jon Call

Jon Call of Mr Call Designs is as dapper and energetic as the homes he designs. Call aims to give his clients spaces that balance comfort with “the luxury of a room with personality.” The word tailored always comes to mind when we spy his designs. Take a peek into the world of Mr. Call in this week’s edition of LUXList Designer Edition.

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 Jon’s LUXList Picks

PIERRE JEANNERET Teak Conference Chair from Chandigarh, India
Set of 18th c. Guilded Wooden Candlesticks
Pierre Chareau reedition double sided sconce
Jean Michel Frank, Staff “Column” Lamp, c.1929
HANS AGERSNAP Oil on Canvas Painting, Sunny October Day at Hjerl Hede Plantage

Describe your design aesthetic in a few words?

A tight color scheme unites eclectic furniture choices. I use fewer pieces with a bolder scale to bring air and light into a room. Seating is meant to curl up in, yet maintains a tailored line. This is how we view the modern American interior: with clarity, strength and purpose.

What do you love about using antiques in your designs? 

There are no substitute for antiques: they bring a soul to the projects that I work on. I actively shop markets both nationally and internationally to find the pieces that will ground designs and bring depth and character to my work. It’s not just a finishing touch, Antiques are fundamental to every project I work on.

What inspires you? 

My primary inspirations are unwavering. Each project I am commissioned to do is a continued exploration of the same artists: Donald Judd, Jackson Pollock, Diego Giacometti and Jean Michel Frank. There is something about how each artist used materials to create pure forms that always excites me. I want my interiors to be just as successful.

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“I love to collect pottery of all sorts and display it throughout my projects. Not only do they act as beautiful, artisan made sculptures – bringing texture and color to space, but I also find them to be useful objects around the home. By the stove, I store utensils in a large bronze Korean vase. In the bathroom, a tall black Oaxacan clay vase acts as a refuse bin. A piece like this {Japanese Pottery Hibachi] would be stunning bedside with an Orchid, or holding sponges by the side of an elegant tub.”

 

 

This gallery wall art piece is incredibly impactful. This room speaks volumes about Mr Call’s design aesthetic.
This gallery wall art piece is incredibly impactful. This room speaks volumes about Mr Call’s design aesthetic.
The small details around the fireplace from the accessories to color scheme gives this small space a powerful voice.
The small details around the fireplace from the accessories to color scheme gives this small space a powerful voice.
The elegant antique gold mirror is the statement piece for us in this vignette. Mr. Call does an great job of blending past and present in this living space.
The elegant antique gold mirror is the statement piece for us in this vignette. Mr. Call does an great job of blending past and present in this living space.

Call studied architecture in Seattle before moving to New York to work for Diamond Baratta, where he was immersed in their world of vivid color, custom furniture, and storied tradition. After that, he worked for Shawn Henderson, another young designer, before striking out on his own in 2010. The name of the firm, a somewhat cheeky reference to the days when designers were known by Mr. or Mrs., embodies Call’s spirit: he winks, rather than nods, at the past. Clients say he is smart, professional, energetic and that he listens well, but will be firm in “preventing you from making a bad choice.” Those looking for a rubber stamper with access to the D&D or a dusty Park Avenue institution are advised to keep looking. Those in search of a fun, fresh designer with classic taste would do well to pay a visit to Mr. Call.”

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