Charles de Lisle makes furniture, lighting and objects. The things Charles makes are a curious and bold mixture of materials. Utilizing wood, bronze, plaster, metal, textiles, and clay, he alters and combines various mediums to create familiar objects embedded with texture, precision, and imbued character. By merging contradictory materials and unlikely surfaces, Charles produces things to enjoy and use.
Part imagination, part romantic daydreaming, and part mechanical process, Charles is excited by “paradoxes and contradictions; relationships with story threads that tie it all together.” His interests are manifested in designs which reflect his ability to combine the rough with the refined, the hand-hewn with machine-made, and the everyday with the spectacular. Structured and functional but with somehow a hidden undercurrent of exuberance…
The circumstances of Charles de Lisle’s childhood help explain his creative tendencies. Charles grew up in rural Massachusetts; he spent time exploring factories near his father’s woodworking shop where he collected scraps, bits of industrial products, images, and thoughts. After studying ceramics, Charles moved to California, where he learned how to weld and began fabricating lighting fixtures. Charles started his own office in 2008; a design collective focused on custom fabricated furniture, lighting, decorative arts, and interior projects.
~ Mariah Nielson
Charles de Lisle Office
249 Hickory St.
San Francisco, CA 94102
T: (415) 565-6767
F: (415) 565-6701
For all press inquiries contact
Natalie Shirinian / Nes Creative Services
T: (213) 598-5512
7 Centre Market Place 849 S. Broadway #502
New York, NY 10013 Los Angeles, CA 90014
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Photographers that have assisted in making our projects beautiful:
David Duncan Livingston
The Linden Chandelier made an appearance in the March issue of Elle Decor.
Linden Chandelier is “What’s Hot” in the October issue of the Robb Report.
A Craftsman’s Journey article about Charles in this month’s issue of the Metropolis Magazine.
Look for our Chainsaw objects in the upcoming New West Coast Design 2 exhibit at the San Francisco Museum of Crafts and Design. October 26, 2013 through January 5, 2013.
The Chainsaw Chair was picked as a favorite by one of the designers in the October issue of House Beautiful.
The love for the Linden Chandelier is spreading to Work Magazine.
In Elle Decor Italia this month. State Bird, Hotel Tomo, and our office.
This month in Elle Decor @The Future Perfect
Good news for Maximo Bistrot, Mexico #1 restaurant in Zagat survey.
Santa Barbara with Leslie Williamson
The little restaurant that could