Blue Carreon started his career as a fashion and lifestyle journalist and has branched into design with his brand Blue Carreon Home. All handcrafted in the Philippines, the Blue Carreon Home line is based on the design philosophy of modern elegance. Each piece is inspired by classic shapes rendered in timeless materials such as stone, shell, shagreen, and brass. Shop his collection now on Viyet!
What is your go-to source for inspiration?
Inspiration is everywhere. I think it’s a cliché because it’s true. I am constantly inspired by what I see around me – be it nature, art, an architectural detail, Pinterest board, an Instagram post, or a page in a magazine or book.
Tell us about your creative process.
I am a pen and paper guy. I am also a writer, so I write my design ideas first before I make sketches. I work better with the written word. I do very rough sketches which I send out for technical rendering. I am very involved with every creative process, from initial ideas to selecting materials, quality control to working with the artisans who hand make every Blue Carreon Home piece. With my magazine editorial background, I also style the photographs for the catalog and design the catalogs myself. Recently, I photographed our 2018 collection myself. My decade or so as a magazine editor has helped me in all areas that involve creative work.
Describe your style in 6 words or less.
Contemporary with a nod to tradition and craftsmanship.
Who do you look up to in the design world?
The greats – David Hicks, Tony Duquette, Madeleine Castaing, plus contemporary designers like Miles Redd, Timothy Corrigan, and Mary McDonald.
Is there an all-time favorite Blue Carreon piece that you have created, and why?
As a child of the tropics, I love our Brass Palm Tree sculptures. I love them so much that I made them the central element of my library in East Hampton. I also love our modern version of the Tic Tac Toe that is equal parts a game board and sculpture.
What do you consider the biggest challenge when creating a piece?
Since every piece is handmade using natural materials, there are always slight variations to the finished outcome. Sometimes they can be unpleasant, but sometimes they can be more beautiful than you’ve ever anticipated.
Can you share a few highlights of the pieces that you are consigning?
The palm tree in rose brass finish is truly a stunning piece – décor and sculpture and conversation piece all rolled into one shiny object. The chain link pieces in shell and stone are also beautiful and elegant. My interpretation of the classical obelisk is something that will endure design trends, I believe.
Is there anything in the current market, a trend or a type of design, you love (or hate)?
I love the layered look of things that are found, discovered, and loved.
What inspired this career path for you?
Meeting so many designers in both the fashion and interior design world for my book Conversations, and visiting factories and meeting with artisans who could bring my sketches to life was very inspiring.
Which design blog, website, TV show, or magazine would you be lost without?
I love the Quintessence blog, especially the At Home videos and The Tory Daily.
What do you love about Viyet?
I love the curated aspect of the site. It’s like being invited to the home of a designer you admire, and being allowed to bring home a piece of their home.