After the Jump: Interview with Interior Designer Jon Call

by Grace Bonney

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All month I’ve been speaking to interior designers about their work, the process of helping someone hone in on their style and how the industry is changing. This week I had the pleasure of sitting down to talk with interior designer Jon Call of Mr. Call designs. I can safely say that Jon was one of my favorite guests ever. His sense of style, strong opinions, openness to change and innovation in the design world and his “no judgement” way of approaching clients and projects made him so fun and easy to listen to. I could have asked him questions and listened to him talk for hours and hours more. I was so inspired by his desire to hold the design industry to higher standards (more innovation, more open-mindedness) that I think I may have told him I wanted to vote for him for President of the Design United States. Embarrassing, yes, but when you listen to Jon’s thoughts on the industry as a whole and the types of people the design community needs to embrace and open their arms to, you’ll feel inspired as well. His thoughts and ideas (including his take on Kanye West’s controversial talk at Art Basel) made me want to approach the way I run my site differently and gave me the motivation and excitement I needed to try a few new things I’ve been scared to do. Bottom line: listen to Jon’s interview. He has such a bright and important future ahead of him and I cannot wait to see what comes next for him. With people like Jon leading the way for interior design, we’re in great (and very thoughtful) hands. xo, grace

“Everybody’s going to be faced with faux authenticity. What’s going to define you is where you think it’s passable and where you have no tolerance for that.”

“I’m looking to cultivate new voices and new trends in my career.”
-Jon Call on After the Jump

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  • Thanks for another great podcast. Same as the above – I’ve listened once, and I think I will listen again now. So much food for thought in this interview. Your discussion on value and integrity in the design world is something I would love to hear/read even more about on Design Sponge!

  • I am a studant at Mabank Junior High and I was assigned a project to reserch about our future career. I would like to ask some questions for my project.

    1)what does a normal day look like for you?
    2)how did you get involved in this line of work?
    3)what inspired you to become an interior designer?
    4)what is one of the toughest decisions you have had to make?
    5)do you set goals for yourself or your company
    6)what is your favorite part about designing?