David Charette & Jay Britto are the head designers Britto Charette Design. They work together to create high-end interiors that are inspired by their own experiences. Jay’s contemporary style combined with David’s progressive design initiatives result in luxury, awe-inspiring living spaces.
Q: Not everything in a space has to be designer, but we all hope to have at least a few special pieces. What unique or custom elements of art/design do you think are worth buying?
Jay: Art is definitely worth the splurge. Choose what you love, whether it’s a photograph, a painting, or a sculpture. We often have clients who already own art collections. We use those pieces as inspiration and they can help inform our overall design.
David: We provide a lot of custom millwork and built-ins for our clients. They make interiors unique and special– things our clients are looking for when they hire us. Those built-ins become the perfect backdrop for gorgeous accessories and objets d’art that we curate from artisans around the world. That element of home décor (the high-end accessories) is really an essential piece of a cohesive interior design and definitely worth spending money on.
Q: As a professional interior designer, you play the role of visionary, curator, and project manager. What aspects make it challenging to find unique art/designs? What’s good and bad about the process of working with Creators on custom pieces?
Jay: We love working with artisans and really respect their abilities. A few challenges include timelines. We also will often reach out to artists and then have to wait for client approval—a process that can take weeks or months depending on the size of the project and the client. So, having creators/artists who understand this process is really helpful. As far as sourcing designs goes…prior to Covid-19, we spent a lot of time traveling to M&O, ICFF, Salon del Mobile, HPMKT, etc. Now that those shows have cancelled or pivoted to being on-line, we are finding new ways to source and appreciate having artists reach out to us directly.
Q: How often do your clients request something unique or custom? What do they typically ask for and what are their criteria/priorities for bigger budget items or focal pieces? (ie. they want to buy local, made-to-order or sustainable goods)
David: A majority of our clients ask for custom design components. They are looking for luxury statement pieces. Large format art is also something that we incorporate into our designs because most of our interiors have a large footprint so we need furnishings and art that are the appropriate scale.
Q: Does buying unique make a positive global impact? How do interior designers play a role?
Jay: We want to support artists—no matter where they live—and we work hard to source products for our designs from the best creators we can find. As a team, we also realize the platform and “voice” we are able to give to emerging artists by purchasing their products. Interior designers can help by tagging and promoting the artists on social media—something we do regularly.
Q: While they’re both creatives, Creators sometimes don’t understand the challenges of accomplishing projects as an Interior Designer. Do you have any advice for Creators (like painters or furniture designers) who’d love to connect and collaborate with designers like you?
David: I would recommend doing a little homework. Check out an interior designer’s portfolio of work and design aesthetic to see if it’s a fit with what you do before you contact the designer. We receive a lot of correspondence from artisans whose work, while beautiful and creative, is simply not modern. Farmhouse chic accessories won’t fit in a modern Miami high-rise interior design. Definitely send us an email and share some images and video of what you have and what you do. Giving us something really quick and visual is helpful because our team is busy. So when approaching designers, just keep in mind that you need to give them as much info as possible in a succinct way. Make it easy for us to learn about and contact you. Also, let us know if you do custom work because that’s such a big part of interior design. We have met several artists through our Insta page, so don’t be afraid to reach out to us on our social platforms. We love meeting fellow artists!
Q: What are your top 3 favorite items or Creators you spotted on Wescover?