France-born designer Laurence Carr has a refreshing, Earth-conscious take on interior design that all aesthetes should be looking to. In her blog, Beyond Aesthetics, she generously and consistently contributes ways that our planet’s natural resources can be honed to not only be friendly to our ecosystem but also to create peace and beauty within one’s home. Her work is not at all hippie-dippy – she matches an appreciation for Louboutin heels with a healthy obsession with Zen philosophies. The idea is to harness the magic of what the world has to offer already, and the magic of her work will leave you relaxed, rejuvenated, restored. Sit back and take a deep breath as we introduce you to Laurence Carr in this week’s #DesignerFriday.
A delicate balance of cool tones and asymmetrical, organic decoration to leave you feeling restored.
Andrew Joseph: What’s your go-to bed ritual?
Laurence Carr: After having dinner with my husband and kids, I take a shower, change into comfy clothes or my pajamas, walk barefoot throughout the house, practice 15 minutes of yoga postures or go for a walk if weather permits. Then before bed, I meditate, read, and avoid social media or access to my phone for at least 30 minutes before I go to sleep to nurture my natural circadian rhythm.
Andrew: Vintage or new?
Laurence: VINTAGE, VINTAGE, VINTAGE every time! I say this often, as it is a valuable message to reiterate: Buying vintage or antique is a way to furnish spaces sustainably! When beginning to design sustainably seems daunting or inaccessible, just take the first small step with vintage and antique pieces. By purchasing vintage or antique pieces, first, you give that piece a new life and keep it out of our already overflowing landfills, and second, you prevent the waste and pollution that come with the production of new goods. And you simply cannot beat the character of vintage and antique pieces — they have old souls and stories that beg to be preserved and retold.
Andrew: How would you define your work in three words?
Laurence: Holistic. Sustainable. Mindful. I strive for continuous improvement in being a good steward of our natural resources by utilizing sustainable methodology in my own projects, but also in educating clients and fellow designers on the benefits of eco-friendly design and the ease with which it can be achieved. Holistic design and mindfulness in design are so important because our spaces influence our mental and physical well being.
Carr matches Eastern aesthetics with harmonious sunset tones.
Andrew: What might the design world look like in 10 years?
Laurence: In the next 10 years, I hope the design world looks a lot more eco-friendly and wellness-focused. We are at the forefront of a change in the way we think about our interior design methodology, production practices, and decor purchases. It is becoming increasingly common for designers and clients alike to inquire about the manufacturing process and origins of the products we purchase. We are making forward motion, but there is much information we can still arm ourselves with that will lead to more environmentally friendly decisions. Now that we have collectively built so much momentum behind the movement of sustainability, we just have to keep moving forward. Continue to ask questions, be mindful, learn and vote with your dollars whenever possible.
Andrew: Who is a contemporary inspiration in your field?
Laurence: The architect Bjarke Ingels is fabulous. He is incredibly talented and forward-thinking. Bjarke’s creative concepts for outdoor and indoor environments challenge conventional thinking, and of course, his use of sustainable philosophies in design are very respectable.
About The Designer | Born in France and raised in Europe, Laurence has an inherent appreciation for art and design—she is a natural aesthete. Today, through her value-driven New York-based firm, Laurence Carr Design, Laurence is widely recognized for her application of wellbeing principles and ancient techniques in high-end residential and commercial interior design. Laurence’s blog, Beyond Aesthetics, was created in early 2018 with the mission of educating on the significance of holistic, sustainable interior design to our own well being and that of our planet. Beyond Aesthetics marries Laurence’s global citizenship, well-trained eye for luxury and passion for raising awareness about eco-friendly design, providing a unique voice that is vital to the future of the interior design industry.
As part of her focus on combining sustainability with quality, Laurence is a GREEN Leaders Accredited Professional and a Member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council. She sources thoughtfully crafted furniture and accessories from all over the world that imbue her clients’ interiors with meaning.
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