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Brian J. McCarthy

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After receiving his BFA from Pratt in 1983, New York–based interior designer Brian McCarthy joined Parish-Hadley Associates, working alongside the venerable Albert Hadley. There, his credits included the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. McCarthy opened the doors of his eponymous firm in 1992. In 2005, McCarthy was commissioned to redecorate and refurbish Winfield House, the official U.S. ambassadorial residence in London. McCarthy was named to the Architectural Digest’s AD100 list in both 2014 and 2015; he is also a member of Elle Décor’s A-List. McCarthy is also the author of Luminous Interiors, an in-depth look at the creative process behind nine of his luxurious residential designs.This fall, he will release The Parish-Hadley Tree of Life: An Intimate History of the Legendary Design Firm, a history of the legendary interior design firm that he co-authored with Bunny Williams. Scroll McCarthy's selection of 1stdibs picks then head to The Study to see 18 of his inspiring interiors.

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Hans Wegner "Valet" Chair
By Hans J. Wegner
Hans Wegner "Valet" Chair
Hans J. Wegner
Oak, Teak
Hans Wegner "Valet" chair designed in 1953 and produced by Johannes Hansen. Store formerly known as ARTFUL DODGER INC
Rare Art Deco Two-Tiered Straw Marquetry Side Table by André Groult
Rare Art Deco Two-Tiered Straw Marquetry Side Tabl...
André Groult
A fine and rare straw marquetry side table by André Groult A similar table is illustrated in André Groult (1884-1966) Décorateur-ensemblier du XXe siècle by Félix Marcilhac, page 204...
Hans Wegner Office Chair
By Hans Wegner Fritz Hansen
Hans Wegner Office Chair
Hans Wegner Fritz Hansen
Leather, Metal, Wood
Hans Wegner Swivel Office chair 1955 manufactured by Johannes Hansen upholstered in leather
Pair of Louis XVI Style Side Chairs by Armand-Albert Rateau
By Armand Albert Rateau
Pair of Louis XVI Style Side Chairs by Armand-Albe...
Armand Albert Rateau
Pair of Chic Louis XVI style side chairs by Armand-Albert Rateau. Stamped A A RATEAU and numbered. Armand-Albert Rateau (1882 - 1938) was a French furniture maker and interior des...
Bronze Settee in the Style of Rateau
Bronze Settee in the Style of Rateau
Armand Albert Rateau
Bronze
patinated bronze settee after the design by Armand Rateau
Brown Flange Bottle Form
Brown Flange Bottle Form
Ursula Morley Price
Stoneware
This sculpture is hand-built in stoneware clay.
Bronze Flange Bottle Form
Bronze Flange Bottle Form
Ursula Morley Price
Stoneware
This unique form is hand-built in stoneware using a traditional pinch-and-coil method. The artist's 2013 exhibition at the gallery is reviewed in the June, 2014 issue of Sculpture Maga...
Brown Simple Twist Form
Brown Simple Twist Form
Ursula Morley Price
Stoneware
This unique form is hand-built in stoneware using a traditional pinch-and-coil method. The artist's 2013 exhibition at the gallery is reviewed in the June, 2014 issue of Sculpture Maga...
Brown Twist Form
Ursula Morley Price
Brown Twist Form
Ursula Morley Price
Stoneware
This ceramic sculpture is hand-built using stoneware clay.
Pedro Boregaard Oxidized and Bright Silver Sea Urc...
Pedro Boregaard
Other, Silver, Sterling Silver
Sea Urchin Salt and Pepper Cellars handcrafted in oxidized sterling silver with bright sterling silver accents and bright sterling silver spoons.
Paul Frankl: In the Manner, A Rare Early Modernist Set of Drawers
Paul Frankl: In the Manner, A Rare Early Modernist...
Paul Frankl
Bakelite, Paint
A highly unusual and sophisticated design. The rectangular top, above six drawers, each drawer with a pair of bakelite pulls, two drawers with locks and escutcheons, intersected by a do...
Retro Compact Owned by Joan Fontaine
Retro Compact Owned by Joan Fontaine
Unknown
Sterling Silver, Diamond, Ruby
This magnificent Swiss Art Deco minaudière compact is believed to have been owned by renowned film star Joan Fontaine. Crafted of sterling and gilded silver, this captivating compact i...
Jules Leleu, Walnut Cabinet, France, C. 1944
By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Walnut Cabinet, France, C. 1944
Jules Leleu
Bronze, Walnut
Fine walnut four-door cabinet by Jules Leleu with bronze medallion by Champreix For an illustration of an identical cabinet, see Mobilier et Décoration, no. 5. December 1946. For ...
Michael Kanners Gold Lip Cufflinks
Michael Kanners Gold Lip Cufflinks
Michael Kanners
18k Gold
Expertly crafted in Bologna, Italy these lips show even the most minute details. Made of solid 18kt gold these cufflinks are as serious as they are fun. The fact that they are double ...
Carlo Scarpa for M.V.M Cappellin, Rare Lattimo and Pulegoso Glass Chandelier
By Carlo Scarpa, MVM Cappelin
Carlo Scarpa for M.V.M Cappellin, Rare Lattimo and...
Carlo Scarpa, MVM Cappelin
Blown Glass
Extremely rare and elegant chandelier in the form of a lantern adorned by glass plumes and composed of beautiful milky opaque glass. The glass canopy above a shaped stem, the body compo...
Vintage Four-Piece Stick Wicker Suite
Vintage Four-Piece Stick Wicker Suite
Wicker
Vintage four-piece stick wicker Suite ..Two Arm Chairs..Sofa and Coffee Table...Restored with Black & White custom cushions and pillows, . Sofa size L70..H32.75..SH16..AH23
Kurt Ostervig, A Pair of Rare Danish Oak and Sheepskin Chairs
By Rolschau Møbler, Kurt Østervig
Kurt Ostervig, A Pair of Rare Danish Oak and Sheep...
Rolschau Møbler, Kurt Østervig
Oak, Sheepskin
Well crafted, distinctly original, and comfortable. The cup-shaped body, raised on runner legs joined by stretchers. Model number 57A. The model 57A chair was presented at the Købest...
Brass and Black Mirror Cocktail Table with Liquor Storage
Brass and Black Mirror Cocktail Table with Liquor ...
Willy Rizzo
Brass
Stunning geometric cocktail table, 1970’s. High quality brass framing and black mirror top and base. The top can slide open and hides a incredible mirrored bar with two black lucite she...
Pair of Kalmar Ice Glass Sconces
By Kalmar Franken KG
Pair of Kalmar Ice Glass Sconces
Kalmar Franken KG
Glass, Metal
Glamorous pair of ice glass sconces by Kalmar. Each sconce has four panels of ice glass mounted on a gold enameled backplate with two E14 light sockets each. Superb light effect which i...
Rare Station Wagon High Dresser by Paul Frankl, No. 1042-195
By Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Rare Station Wagon High Dresser by Paul Frankl, No...
Paul Frankl, Johnson Furniture Co.
Rare high chest of drawers, in the Station Wagon series, mahogany case and drawer fronts with birch detail and legs. Leather and brass drawer pulls. Marked in drawer, Johnson Furniture ...
Pair of Chairs and Table Attributed to Janine Abra...
Janine Abraham, Dirk Jan Rol
Rattan, Metal
Lovely pair of rattan chairs with metal legs and coordinating side table attributed Janine Abraham and Dirk Jan Rol. Pieces were used on the set of Nicole Kidman's "Grace of Monaco."
Adrian Pearsall Sofa with Travertine End Table Inserts
By Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Adrian Pearsall Sofa with Travertine End Table Ins...
Adrian Pearsall, Craft Associates
Travertine, Upholstery, Walnut
Freshly upholstered in a sturdy textured off-white upholstery. Heavy piece. Walnut detail. Stunning travertine end table inserts.
Set of Four Eero Saarinen Tulip Chairs
By Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Set of Four Eero Saarinen Tulip Chairs
Knoll, Eero Saarinen
Aluminum, Fiberglass, Upholstery
Saarinen for Knoll International, vintage white tulip swivel armchair. Reupholstered with green Cato wool fabric a Knoll textile. [Signed label Knoll International]
Pair of Italian Geometric Glass-Top End Tables
Pair of Italian Geometric Glass-Top End Tables
Unknown
Metal, Smoked Glass
A great pair of side tales with an unusual architectural design.
Rare Ico Parisi Lounge Chairs
By Ico Parisi
Rare Ico Parisi Lounge Chairs
Ico Parisi
Metal, Upholstery, Walnut
Ico Parisi lounge chairs Cassina Italy, 1955, Italian walnut, upholstery, steel, brass. This pair was awarded the "Compasso d'Oro" in 1955 and would be a true prize in any household.
Red Pulley Ceiling Light
Red Pulley Ceiling Light
Brass, Lacquer, Metal
Brass canopy with red lacquered shade and counterweight allowing adjustable height.
Alexander Calder Aubusson Tapestry
By Alexander Calder
Alexander Calder Aubusson Tapestry
Alexander Calder
Wool
"The Yellow Worm Is Longer Than The Red One". Designed by Alexander Calder (1898-1976). Handwoven at Atelier Pinton-Aubusson, France. Edition 4/6. This tapestry was realized...
Unique Porcelain Vase by Sandra Davolio
By Sandra Davolio
Unique Porcelain Vase by Sandra Davolio
Sandra Davolio
Ceramic, Porcelain
Sandra Davolio. Vase with blue edges, 2015. Porcelain, hand-painted edges. Artist’s initials to underside. Sandra Davolio is an award winning ceramic artist and her work is in the c...
Flamboyant Nine-Drawer Chest by Tommi Parzinger in Original Blood Orange Finish
By Tommi Parzinger, Willow and Reed
Flamboyant Nine-Drawer Chest by Tommi Parzinger in...
Tommi Parzinger, Willow and Reed, James Mont
Bamboo, Brass, Grasscloth, Wood
A flamboyant nine-drawer chest or dresser designed by Tommi Parzinger for Willow and Reed in Elmhurst, NY, circa 1950. This amazing piece is in fantastic condition and features flat bra...
Pair of Iconic John Dickinson Skyscraper Bookcases
By John Dickinson
Pair of Iconic John Dickinson Skyscraper Bookcases...
John Dickinson
Wood
JOHN DICKINSON (1920-1982) Pair of “Skyscraper” bookcases in wood with white lacquer finish. Each has illuminated side shelf and drop front doors storage space with brass pulls. Th...
Flaque Table by HéLèNe De Saint Lager
By Hélène de Saint Lager
Flaque Table by HéLèNe De Saint Lager
Hélène de Saint Lager
Aluminum
Cast aluminum. Unique piece. 2015. For the past 15 years, He´le`ne has been creating an extensive range of compelling works in her home-studio-laboratory on the outskirts of Pari...
Signed John Dickinson Table
By John Dickenson Vii
Signed John Dickinson Table
John Dickenson Vii
Brass
Galvanized metal table in the stye of a draped table with brass trim.
LAutruche
Diego Giacometti
LAutruche
Diego Giacometti
Provenance on the Ostrich states it came from a private collection in Milan in 1981, passed to another private in Paris in 1988, another private in Miami in 1988, another private purcha...
Patek Philippe Yellow Gold Jumbo Ellipse Hobnail B...
Patek Philippe
18k Gold
Rare Mens Patek Philippe Ref 3958 Jumbo Automatic Ellipse W/ Hobnail Bezel in 18k Yellow Gold. The Watch is in Excellent Condition and Keeping Perfect Time,Movement is Powered by Automa...
Willow Sculpture by Harry Bertoia
Willow Sculpture by Harry Bertoia
Stainless Steel
An incredible "Willow" sculpture by Harry Bertoia ca. 1970's. A heavy stainless steel base and pole support a spray of hundreds of delicate stainless wires, arcing from the center creat...
Paul Briggs "Foliage Vase 2" Hand-Pinched Ceramic Vessel
Paul Briggs "Foliage Vase 2" Hand-Pinched Ceramic ...
Paul Briggs
Ceramic
PAUL BRIGGS Foliage Vase 2 Ceramic vessel with hand-pinched ivy leaf decoration and multicolor glaze. American, 2015
Jean Prouvé Red Daybed, circa 1935
By Jean Prouvé
Jean Prouvé Red Daybed, circa 1935
Jean Prouvé
Metal
Jean Prouvé red daybed, circa 1935. Metal. Provenance: Sanatorium Martel de Janville au Plateau d'Assy. Haute Savoie, France.
Fine and Rare Leather Coffee Table by Jacques Adnet
By Jacques Adnet
Fine and Rare Leather Coffee Table by Jacques Adne...
Jacques Adnet
Bronze
A rare coffee table by Jacques Adnet (1901-1984) with original bordeaux leather, bronze ornaments and partially mirrored glass top A similar table is shown in a 1951 drawing by Adne...
Jean Dunand Art Deco Lacquered Copper Coupe
By Jean Dunand
Jean Dunand Art Deco Lacquered Copper Coupe
Jean Dunand
Copper, Lacquer
Copper with gold lacquer, red lacquer interior Signed in red lacquer JEAN DUNAND In 1912, Dunand learned the ancient and traditional art of Oriental lacquer work from the Japanese m...
Josef Hoffmann Brass Two-Handled Coupe, 1925
By Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
Josef Hoffmann Brass Two-Handled Coupe, 1925
Wiener Werkstätte, Josef Hoffmann
A Josef Hoffmann brass, hand-hammered two-handled bowl, executed by the Wiener Werkstatte, 1925. The hammered fluted bowl with elaborate scrolled handles and trumpet stem are in origina...
"Three Waves" by Richard Filipowski
"Three Waves" by Richard Filipowski
Silver
Cast and hand-collaged sculpture of phosphor bronze and silver by Richard Filipowski (1923-2008), executed, circa 1960-1965. Titled "Three Waves." Unsigned, with a certificate of authen...
Sculpture Front Cabinet by Paul Evans, USA 1969
By Paul Evans
Sculpture Front Cabinet by Paul Evans, USA 1969
Paul Evans
Wood, Steel
A unique two-door Sculpture Front cabinet by Paul Evans, with hand-cleft slate top and yellow lacquer interior with two adjustable shelves. With welded date and signature to the lower r...
Lacquered Metal Magazine Rack By Jacques Adnet
Lacquered Metal Magazine Rack By Jacques Adnet
Jacques Adnet
Black lacquered metal magazine rack with brass detail designed by Jacques Adnet.
Flamed mahogany cabinet, France, c. 1940
Flamed mahogany cabinet, France, c. 1940
Unknown
Bronze, Mahogany
A two door, three drawer cabinet in flamed mahogany with gilt-bronze ornaments and sabots
Pair of armchairs designed by Philip Arctander, Denmark. 1940's.
Pair of armchairs designed by Philip Arctander, De...
Philip Arctander
Pair of armchairs designed by Philip Arctander, Denmark. 1940's. Birch and sheepskin and cognac leather buttons.
Jean Dunand French Art Deco Sterling Silver and Co...
Jean Dunand
Lacquer, Silver
Sterling silver with coquille d'oeuf on red lacquer ground Stamped with Jean Dunand silver poincon Impressed with boar's head for 950 silver/ Jean Dunand silver poincon/ 18257/ inscri...
Vessel by Sandra Davolio, Denmark, 2014
By Sandra Davolio
Vessel by Sandra Davolio, Denmark, 2014
Sandra Davolio
Ceramic
Vessel by Sandra Davolio, Denmark, 2014.
Jules Leleu, Sycamore armchair, France, c. 1940
By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu, Sycamore armchair, France, c. 1940
Jules Leleu
Sycamore
Art Deco armchair in sycamore by Jules Leleu. For illustrations of similar armchairs, see Siriex, Françoise. The House of Leleu. New York: Hudson Hills Press, 2008. 62, 418.
Prestige Hat from Cameroon
Prestige Hat from Cameroon
Cotton
The numerous peoples of the Grassfields region of Cameroon are organized into chiefdoms, which are each ruled by a King who sits at the top of the social and political hierarchy. Appare...
Teapot, Anonymous Maker for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden
By Svenskt Tenn
Teapot, Anonymous Maker for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden
Svenskt Tenn
Pewter
Teapot in pewter, anonymous for Svenskt Tenn, Sweden.
Daniel Arnoul, Unique precious stones Jewelry Cabinet, 1995
By Daniel Arnoul
Daniel Arnoul, Unique precious stones Jewelry Cabi...
Daniel Arnoul
Daniel Arnoul, 1995. Exceptional unique jewelry cabinet, steel, silver, copper, semi-precious stones, agate, cornaline, precious wood, crystal. Measures: 63.5 X 75 X 68 cm. One of a ...
Marc Bankowsky, Ginkgo, Pair of Bronze Candlesticks, France, 2008
Marc Bankowsky, Ginkgo, Pair of Bronze Candlestick...
Marc Bankowsky
Bronze
Pair of contemporary bronze candlesticks by Marc Bankowsky. These candlesticks were originally designed for Pierre Gagnaire, the famed restaurateur in Paris. Stamped.
Illuminated Desk by Guglielmo Ulrich
By Guglielmo Ulrich
Illuminated Desk by Guglielmo Ulrich
Guglielmo Ulrich
Aluminum, Cherry
Rare and important illuminated desk by Guglielmo Ulrich, in carved cherrywood, with gilt aluminum (Xantal) handles and supports, carved tapered legs and two floating banks of drawers. P...
Jules Leleu Buffet
By Jules Leleu
Jules Leleu Buffet
Jules Leleu
Bronze, Rosewood
This exceptional rosewood and bronze buffet was designed and signed by Jules Leleu, the legendary French furniture designer of the last century. The buffet features three slightly curve...
Jean Dunand French Art Deco Elongated Red Lacquered Vase
By Jean Dunand
Jean Dunand French Art Deco Elongated Red Lacquere...
Jean Dunand
Brass, Lacquer
Brass with black and silver tortoiseshell pattern on red lacquer ground Inscribed Jean Dunand In 1912, Dunand learned the ancient and traditional art of Oriental lacquerwork from t...