Monday, February 4, 2019

Designer of Distinction: Kerry Joyce

Los Angeles interior designer, Kerry Joyce, has always been one of my favorites. He launched his design career in the eighties, and started his firm confidently and without fanfare. Magazine editors love his work. He has always attracted thoughtful clients who love his quiet devotion, his modest demeanor, his quiet humor, and his meticulous attention and perfection in all aspects of design. Kerry’s designs are polished, elegant, and inventive, and they always paint an accurate portrait of the owners.

I recall seeing his superbly delineated upholstery designs for the first time. They were beautiful and exactly right. He works in millimeters, not just centimeters…so that the result looks harmonious and effortless.

Kerry designs for his clients’ lives, across the US, and around the world, in New York, in LA. Perfection. For each house, his is a bespoke approach. He does not subscribe to the idea of a signature style. 


Photo: Antoine Bootz

Photo: Antoine Bootz

Photo: Antoine Bootz

Photo: Antoine Bootz

Photo: Grey Crawford


Now Kerry has highly successful fabric and furniture collections, and low-key and elegant lighting lines, as well as rugs for Mansur Modern.

Kerry recently published his new book, ‘The Intangible’ with a Foreword by the great Whitney Robinson, editor in chief of Elle D├ęcor. Pointed Leaf Press published it. You must get it. It’s inspiring, and rich with detail, imagery, information and ideas. Definitely it is a beautiful book with profound professional insight, perfect for a lifetime reference library.


Photo: Joshua McHugh

Photo: Joshua McHugh

Photo: Joshua McHugh

Booksigning on February 6

Come and meet Kerry this week at an event during San Francisco Design Center, Winter Market. Kerry will be signing his new book ‘The Intangible’ at the elegant Kneedler Fauchere showroom at the Galleria. 

The event is February 6, Wednesday, from 2pm until ‘3-ish’. I will see you there. Oh, and I have it on very reliable authority that there will be an Espresso Bar and Sweets. Books on sale, and Kerry will be signing each one personally. 


Kerry Joyce
Photo: Dominique Vorillon


“It is always important to me that a home is fundamentally about the people and families I am working for, I’m their advocate.”—Kerry Joyce



Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Photo: Dominique Vorillon


“My approach, in my aim for tranquility, is largely defined by intuition. I trust my instincts and try not to overthink choices that feel right.”—Kerry Joyce



Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Photo: Dominique Vorillon

Photo: Dominique Vorillon


“I design to create a mood, rather than just a style. That mood has a tone, a volume, a love of pure silhouette and proportion that I can apply to any project. The resulting homes will have balance and freshness, a sense of ease and welcome.”—Kerry Joyce


Photo: Trevor Tondro

Photo: Trevor Tondro

Photo: Trevor Tondro


I wrote the following about Kerry recently on my Instagram account @dianedorranssaeks
In a way, quietly, these 236 pages and Kerry’s understated text illustrate how to have a highly successful and under-the-radar three-decade career. Put the client first, and create superbly inviting, personal and comfortable classic rooms, is his approach. Timeless but contemporary, fresh and vital but never trendy. Bravo to Kerry Joyce in his marvelous career, and this inspiring book. Please, Kerry, never retire.


Photo: Kathlene Persoff

Photo: Kathlene Persoff

Photo: Kathlene Persoff



“I like to make what I call ‘perfectly imperfect’ homes.”—Kerry Joyce





“This book is much like the homes and furnishings I design, an anthology of interest and chance directions that have inspired all of my projects, from whole houses to individual fabric partners.” —Kerry Joyce


New Book

Kerry Joyce, The Intangible with a Foreword by Whitney Robinson, Editor in Chief, Elle Decor (Pointed Leaf Press). It was written with Lisa Light. Photography by all the best photographers.

It’s a beautiful and very well edited large-format book…with images of Kerry’s beautiful fabrics, and beautifully presented houses. He takes readers on a tour of each house…so that the residence unfolds logically and clearly.

It’s an unusually well-paced and absorbing book, and one to read, peruse and study—and enjoy.







CONTACT for DESIGN, LIGHTING, FURNITURE and TEXTLESKerry Joyce Associates
2900 Rowena Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90039
323-660-4442 Fax 323-660-4443
info@kerryjoyce.com
www.kerryjoyce.com


Kerry Joyce
Photo: Antoine Bootz

Kerry Joyce Studio




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