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Designers Most Wanted – Carrier and Company

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A New York City-based husband-and-wife design team with more than 30 years of combined experience, Mara Miller and Jesse Carrier opened their own firm, Carrier and Company, in 2005.

Jesse Carrier & Mara Miller

Jesse Carrier & Mara Miller of Carrier and Company

Their projects have been featured in such magazines as ELLE DECOR, World of Interiors, and Vogue, and in 2012 they made Architectural Digest’s New AD 100 list of top design talents.

Here are some of their favorites lighting pieces…

Paper Chandelier L from Moooi

We love how sharp this Flemish-style chandelier looks with its cleanly formed elements wrapped in paper. It could freshen up a dining room, or add tongue-and-cheek formality over a breakfast table.

Diesl Collection Fork Wall Light from Foscarini

This has so many smart-looking details that are thoughtfully designed, yet the sconce is still so clean and simple. We see it as a subtle piece that easily works with many styles of beds or headboards.

I.Cono Wall Light – 0725 from VIBIA

It’s hard to find a great plug-in sconce and this one has a stem and hardware with a terrific minimal design. The exposed cord is a natural extension of the fixture instead of an unfortunate eyesore. The mid-century-inspired shade is both sophisticated and friendly. This could be a terrific reading light for guest or children’s-rooms, offering an attractive look with a lot of flexibility.

Buster Chica Floor Lamp from Robert Abbey

Simply chic, like a drawing come to life. Love the silhouette and the scale of the stem and shade. We would use a pair flanking a long sofa.

Mirror Ball Tripod Stand from Tom Dixon

What a statement piece! The tripod stand makes it looks like something from a professional studio and balances the glamour of the mirrored glass lights. Selecting the number and size of the mirrored lights allows you to make the perfect piece for your space. It will provide a room with an instant focal point and the quality of light is so atmospheric and wonderful.

Woody Floor Lamp from Lights Up

This would be so chic in a country house. Its painted tripod base seems Shaker-like and purposeful, but bolder.

David Easton Wavy Lamp from Robert Abbey

The reverse-painted tortoise is our favorite finish. It’s hard to reinvent the wheel with so many table lamps to choose from, but this feels special—a new classic. We’d use it in a dark library as a masculine statement that seems Deco-inspired, or silhouetted in a bright room so it would feel like a stylish mid-century find.

Candela Table Lamp from Robert Abbey

The exposed bulbs give it a vintage feel, but the way the ring of light is mounted on the base is artful and modern. A pair on a sideboard would offer nice atmospheric light for dining and not interfere with serving pieces or artwork above it. This lamp can be practical, quiet, and daring all at the same time.

Phoebe Table Lamp from Robert Abbey

What a decorator staple! A column form has long been a classic lamp base and this is a fantastic refresh. It has perfect proportion, and in matte white it has a million uses. It can dress down a traditional living room, dress up a beach house, and be a great foil against any wallpaper.

Excel chandelier from Roll and Hill

Love the kinetic quality of this fixture and the really graphic quality the thick metal frames provide. It’s got a great clarity. We can see it over a large kitchen island as an unexpected feature.

21.21 Twenty-One Pendant Chandelier from Bocci

The sense of craft in the folded and hanging raw porcelain shades is great. It’s sensual and ethereal, reminiscent of wind chimes. Because of the intimacy of the individual shades, this would be wonderful staggered over a tall staircase.

Floral Ceiling Light from Zaneen

This is both tough and sweet. The folded metal petals are cool, thin, and sharp and the round shape is pleasing and friendly. Its size lends itself to halls and vestibules, which is nice option for spaces that often lack stylish lighting.

Domino 4 Light Ceiling Light from Zaneen

We love how the contrasting red shades accentuate the stacked shape of the fixture. It’s graphic and clean, but still cheerful and optimistic. It would make a child’s room super chic.


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Jennie Oh

The most difficult part of Jennie's role as Merchandise Manager for YLighting is deciding exactly which pendant she loves the most for her mid-century Oakland condo. When not making design decisions she and her 3 year old son compose songs to sing to the family's new baby.