Maker Monday: John Lyle

John Lyle pieces are conversation starters. That’s because no matter where this New Yorkers’ art is placed, it shines. Whether it be a custom fireplace, a lamp, or a coffee table beyond your wildest imagination, his buoyant personality comes through. Having mastered his take on design, Lyle has appeared in the most elite publications, showrooms, and homes in the world. His designs, like his flashy sense of personal style, are the centerpiece of the room, spread, or show floor he’s taking over. His style icon is Little Edie, he hates marroon, and won’t be seen out without his Converse high tops. If your curiosity is peaked, join me in getting to know the man behind the motifs.

Like something straight out of Narnia, Lyle’s Artis table is a polished bronze fantasy.


Andrew Joseph – What’s your go to bed ritual?
John Lyle – 
Wash face, brush teeth and place in jar. I like it really cool when I sleep, otherwise, no sleep.

Andrew – How do you maintain a work/life balance?
John – Is there a difference between work and life?

Andrew – What’s your favorite time of day?
John – All day. I prefer the light to the dark and for some reason, I have convinced myself that if I am looking at a clock and it is 11:11, I should make a wish.

Andrew – Vintage or new?
John – If it is high quality, I can do new.

Andrew – Style (or design) icon?
John – Jackie O, Audrey, Little Edie and John Eason

Andrew – What’s your current TV obsession?
John – Trying to not be obsessed by the news.

Andrew – Most adventurous thing you’ve done in your life?
John – I moved to New York when I was 21…..a few years back.

Andrew – Favorite piece of clothing you own?
John – Converse high-tops.

Andrew – Must have clothing item everyone should have?
John – Black cashmere cardigan.

Andrew – What’s inspiring you in life (in the industry) right now?
John – I just opened my first NY Showroom…very inspiring and exciting.

The Highland bench is coated with orange yacht enamel, fiery and bold, much like its designer.


Andrew – A book that everyone should read?
John – The Dictionary of Cultural Literacy.

Andrew – Best way to take a rest/decompress?
John – A long and strong massage, followed by a hot shower, followed by a long nap. I recommend it.

Andrew – Favorite place to view art?
John – The Metropolitan Museum of art is still my favorite museum, the second favorite is Paris.

Andrew – Least favorite color?
John – Maroon is always at my list’s bottom.

Andrew – Who is your ideal client?
John – This one exists. Kind, generous, appreciative, collaborative, trusting, brave. I have been so very lucky to have quite a few that hit all of these marks.

Andrew – What is one Instagram account you can’t live without?
John – The World of Interiors

You’ve never seen a fire screen quite like the Starburst, fashioned from gray enamel and pure ingenuity.


About John Lyle | Artistic, luxurious, outspoken and a bit irreverent… For over 25 years John Lyle has designed outstanding interiors, furniture and accessories that are not content to blend in with the crowd. The John Lyle collection features handmade sculptural pieces created from hand-cast bronze, steel, wood, shagreen and parchment. John Lyle also provides custom designs. He invites you to collaborate with his design team to create unique pieces found nowhere else.


About Andrew Joseph | Andrew Joseph’s passion for design and rich journalistic history led to the launch of his boutique PR firm in 2012. Prior to enjoying the successes of Andrew Joseph PR, Andrew honed his editorial skills at Vanity Fair and Allure. This experience, as well as the strong network of contacts developed over the years in public relations, brings a valuable edge to his new role as contributing editor. Let the musing begin.

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