With over three decades of experience in the field, wood artist and owner of p.carlino design, formerly The Carlino Gallery, Paul Carlino is fueled by pure ardor for the craft.
Norma Rose writing desk in curly cherry
Utilizing unique woodworking techniques to create innovative yet practical designs, Paul Carlino’s pieces alter the face of every room. Each one-of-a-kind piece, spotted in homes around the globe, precisely meets his client’s desires. Constantly augmenting his selection with modern techniques and designs, his ability to defy traditional wood norms and aesthetics is what his clients love most about p.carlino design.
Elliptical writing desk or vanity in Zebrano and black walnut
What have you released recently that is new and exciting? I am very excited about a new design that puts a different spin on the look of the traditional white or glass and chrome woman’s makeup vanity or dressing table. I name all my creations, and this one will be named Nightfall. The piece is handmade from 100% solid black walnut finished in deep, rich tones—quite a departure from what is normally expected. The client has the freedom to pick from a vast array of available free-standing mirrors to personalize. By virtue of its unmistakably dark tones, I feel the piece carries a bit of visual mystery and intrigue that sets it apart.
What about your background inspired your entry to the design world? I have no formal schooling in either design or woodworking and am completely self-taught. But my late mother, Norma Carlino, is the main source of inspiration behind my creative endeavors. Long before I was even born, she did illustration drawings of high-end women’s fashion designs for various department stores. I remember seeing some of those drawings when I was a young child and couldn’t help but be impressed. Later, during much of my childhood, I watched as she created numerous, incredible oil paintings, starting from scratch with only a blank canvas.
Passaggio writing desk in curly cherry
What is the general aesthetic behind p.carlino design? My design aesthetic, described by some as having clean, flowing lines with verve and movement, has its roots in several things, not the least of which are the forms in nature that surround us. And while I never copy someone else’s work, I do draw inspiration from the creations of others, even if they are not furniture. I have always maintained that there can be a fine line between a pleasing aesthetic and something altogether hideous. I try to never cross that line.
Why is p.carlino design so popular after emerging from the pandemic? Many people had grown tired of being surrounded by mass-produced electronics, furniture, etc. After all, many were essentially prisoners in their own homes, and being surrounded by objects with no soul grew very old. Even many very high-end objects are produced on a relatively large scale and can never replicate the appeal of rare, one-off works of art that are an extension of the artists who create them. I believe that my creations, by virtue of their unique design, craftsmanship and scarcity, are capable of filling a void that only handmade works of art—in this case functional art—can.
Photography by: PHOTOS BY PAUL CARLINO